Two skydivers in Thailand barely escaped death in the sky after a chilling near-miss with the plane they had jumped from moments before.
Forest Pullman, a diving instructor with 15 years of experience, said the dive began as a routine jump from about 13,000 feet. Shortly into the dive, the pilot suddenly made a 180 degree dive toward him and his tandem passenger.
Pullman captured the whole thing on his GoPro camera and posted the clip to YouTube. It shows that the wing of the plane actually brushes their drogue chute — a smaller parachute used to slow the speed of descent— and barely avoids colliding with the divers themselves. Thankfully, Pullman and his tandem passenger were able to land safely.
Pullman wrote on the YouTube page:
After an uneventful exit…. The pilot dove the airplane 180 degrees right at me and my tandem passenger. how we got so lucky?!?! Not sure.
“I have never heard of this happening. After some research and talking to friends about it I now know of two other incidents like this. One is on [YouTube] and he did not get as lucky as we did….”
He admits he and his partner got very lucky to have avoided major accident and injury. Fortunately, Pullman kept his cool. Ironically, his partner appeared to be oblivious to the danger until she was told of it on the ground afterwards.