Russian Dies From Parachute Malfunction in Chonburi

Police said a Russian citizen died after jumping off this plane in a skydiving session Monday morning in Chonburi province.

CHONBURI — A Russian parachutist plunged to his death Monday morning in Chonburi province.

The victim, reportedly in his 30s, died after his parachute was caught in a strong wind while he was filming two other skydivers, said Maj. Pongsakorn Phonphan of Nong Kham Police Station, ruling it an accident.

“The wind moved up against his parachute. The weather changed unpredictably. It was an accident,” Maj. Pongsakorn said. “We don’t believe it was because of faulty equipment.”

No one has been charged for the death, he said.

Khaosod English is withholding the victim’s identity until his family can be notified.

The victim was hired by a company called Skydive Pattaya to film its client and coach as they made their dive on Monday, Pongsakorn said. The two skydivers landed safely, he added.

The victim was an experienced parachutist who had made many jumps in the past, the police officer said.