Was training an issue here? The article stated that gusting wind was responsible for the missing of the drop zone. The" mushroom" type parachute canopy favoured for military parachuting is far less steerable than the aerofoil civilian/sport type parachutes and ultimately parachuting like gliding or ballooning and other types of un-powered flight is subject to the vagaries of the weather.
Either my sarcasm detector is on the blink or you don't know what you are on about.
Thanks.Either my sarcasm detector is on the blink or you don't know what you are on about.
Where they land has more to do with Wind speed/direction and the height/point at which they exit the aircraft in relation to the intended landing point than the Parachutist's ability to steer/manoeuvre the Canopy. As Ivan has said, the Canopy they are using are nigh on impossible to steer, the most you can do is kick around a lot and hope.
How did they get all that into a drainage ditch ?Of course, no British military paratroopers have ever landed in trees.
Or drainage ditches filled with hard core rubble, barbed wire fences, roads, traffic control towers, hanger roofs, parked cars, parked DZ cover ambulances, parked aircraft, ponds, golf courses or drystone walls.
I thought our guys weren't being parachute trained at the moment
Surprising the Paras hit it then ? My own encounter with a tree was more of a side swipe. When I realised there was a forest in the way I steered for a track in it and sort of got below the tops of the trees before tackling the tree from which I ended up dangling. I opened up the harness and dropped the two inches back to terra firma and thought what a lucky beggar I was to have ended up dangling toecap touching distance above the ground.It was a very large drainage ditch.
Would that be day and night drill(s) ?British "actions on" for landing in trees were to either climb down your container rope or if higher up, pull your reserve and climb down the outside of it. Either way, it didn't involve "hanging around" for the fire brigade. However, it did involve leaving the canopy entangled in trees for a very pissed off DZ party to deal with.