This Mexican paratrooper jumped into a mess of used static lines and is seen being towed by the jump aircraft mercilessly. There is little information about how this ended, hopefully the guy was pulled back in the cabin, or was cut free to depend on his reserve parachute, that is if he was conscious.

Although static-line parachuting does not have the drama of the free-falling and HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) jumps used by the American special forces community, it not without its own dangers. Still, the ability to rapidly envelop an enemy from the air remains a sought after and relevant capability some 70 years after it proved so indispensable over Europe during D-Day.

UPDATE: Great news! It looks like the fella that got hung up is very much alive and recovering in the hospital.


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