Hard landing for Red Lions skydiver

Third Warrant Officer Sim Chee Jin getting entangled in mid-air in the parachute of a teammate before landing on his side (above, right) at the F1 pit yesterday. He did not get up after the landing and had to be stretchered off. The Singapore army sa
Third Warrant Officer Sim Chee Jin getting entangled in mid-air in the parachute of a teammate before landing on his side at the F1 pit yesterday. He did not get up after the landing and had to be stretchered off. The Singapore army said he suffered "some minor scrapes".ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Third Warrant Officer Sim Chee Jin getting entangled in mid-air in the parachute of a teammate before landing on his side (above, right) at the F1 pit yesterday. He did not get up after the landing and had to be stretchered off. The Singapore army sa
Third Warrant Officer Sim Chee Jin getting entangled in mid-air in the parachute of a teammate before landing on his side at the F1 pit yesterday. He did not get up after the landing and had to be stretchered off. The Singapore army said he suffered "some minor scrapes".ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

A member of the Red Lions parachute team had to be stretchered off after a hard landing at the F1 pit yesterday morning.

Third Warrant Officer Sim Chee Jin, who was doing a rehearsal jump for the Army Open House this weekend, suffered "some minor scrapes", the Singapore army said.

3WO Sim was quoted on the army's Facebook page as saying there was a "minor hiccup". During his landing, he got entangled in mid-air in the parachute of another skydiver who had landed first. It resulted in 3WO Sim landing on his side.

The army said on Facebook: "Even our most experienced Red Lions jumpers have to deal with elements of nature such as strong and sudden ground wind direction changes, as well as the very tight landing strip between the stage and the grandstand seats beside the F1 Pit Building."

The open house will showcase the latest army vehicles, weaponry and capabilities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2017, with the headline 'Hard landing for Red Lions skydiver'. Print Edition | Subscribe