Police blamed for horrific cadet skydiving deaths

Police blamed for horrific cadet skydiving deaths

After seeing his son fall to his death, one man fights for justice

Master-parachutist investigators quickly found a defective chute attachment that was later found responsible for the trainees' parachutes not opening. In inset, family of a dead trainee examines where his body was found. (Photos military pool, FB/NAKON45)
Master-parachutist investigators quickly found a defective chute attachment that was later found responsible for the trainees' parachutes not opening. In inset, family of a dead trainee examines where his body was found. (Photos military pool, FB/NAKON45)

On March 31, 2014, a group of nine police cadets were preparing for skydiving training at the Naresuan camp in Phetchaburi's Cha-am district. The drill was part of a mandatory course for the young cadets, who were in their second year.

The training, however, turned to tragedy when two cadets died after their parachutes failed to open. The cause of the fatal accidents was to do with the static lines used to deploy the cadets' parachutes. Both lines snapped.

Two young and promising lives were lost.

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