A British soldier is recovering after a serious and almost deadly accident while parachuting in southern Alberta.
Ian Flanagan, owner of Alberta Skydivers ltd. near Beiseker, tells 630CHED News it was the 25-year-old soldier's first jump and everything seemed to be going well until a ground instructor told him to make a 360 degree turn.
"He was flying the parachute as per normal for the initial part of his decent," explains Flanagan. "He was asked by the instructor on the ground to do a 360 degree turn. He started the turn and just never stopped it."
The extent of the man's injuries is still unknown at this point, but Flanagan was told he is doing better.
"I don't know other than it's a broken leg," explains Flanagan. "His prognosis is good is what they've told us."
The reason behind the crash remains a mystery.
"It would be human-error type thing," Flanagan.
Flanagan says every year they have a flock of soldiers from the UK.
"We do around 600 soldiers a year here from the British Army who do make their first jump here," Flanagan adds.
The centre was back in operation Sunday afternoon, but they were not up in the air due to wind and poor weather.
British Army Training Unit Suffield could not be reached for comment. (twd)