A shocking video released in the last few hours records the near tragedy of a Greek paratrooper, who was hung in the air outside a C-130 for a few minutes, that almost took place during the Special Forces exercise in Cyprus.
It all started when the C-130 took off from Larnaca airport. When it reached about 5,000 feet, it turned on a green light to drop paratroopers with a static belt.
The first of the 40 paratroopers fell into the void from the side door of the aircraft.
However, the belt did not open the parachute for one man, with the result being that he was left hanging in the air at a distance of 4.5 meters from the aircraft – the full length of the belt.
The paratrooper did not lose his courage and tried to unblock the parachute, while he was held by the safety ring that connects the belt with the parachute bag.
Eventually, with lightning speed, the other paratroopers on the plane pulled him in and prevented the worst from occurring.
According to information, the head of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros, will reward the commandos who participated in the operation and faced the emergency.