Terrifying moment when a Russian paratrooper falls to his death in a contest dedicated to Putin
- Daredevil parachutist Dmitry Belyayev was a member of the Russian national team
This is the terrifying moment a Russian paratrooper dies after falling in a contest dedicated to Vladimir Putin’s upcoming 71st birthday.
Dmitry Belyayev, 45, was filmed diving at high speed from a height before falling into the water at a planned event in Gudermes, Chechnya.
The full video shows Belyayev spinning on the surface of the water before submerging.
Onlookers are seen rushing to help the daredevil skydiver, a member of the Russian national team, as his parachute begins to sink.
Tomorrow, the Russian University of Special Forces hosted several skydiving competitions dedicated to Putin’s birthday.
Belyayev was a member of the Russian national team and had completed more than 3,700 jumps.
The Russian Parachuting Federation issued a statement saying: “The tragedy occurred while piloting a high-speed parachute.”
According to preliminary data, during the landing approach the parachutist made a mistake and did not calculate the height of the maneuver, which is why he collided with the water surface at a higher vertical speed.
‘Rescue services were on site, including a mobile disaster medicine unit.
‘Medical workers fought for Dmitry’s life from the first minutes of the collision and resuscitation measures were carried out at the scene.
“The doctors could not save the athlete’s life.”
The federation said “this is an irreparable loss for the entire parachute community.”
“We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” he added.
Belyayev was from Pushkin, near St. Petersburg, and had completed more than 3,700 jumps throughout his career.
Canopy piloting, also known as swooping, is considered very dangerous and involves a skydiver performing aerial feats over a body of water.
The skydiver is tested for speed, distance and accuracy.
Spectators rushed to help after Belyayev’s mistaken landing in the water.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured giving a speech on security and development in Sochi yesterday) will celebrate his 71st birthday tomorrow, October 6.
In 2019, a skydiver died in Russia after falling 800 meters during a routine training jump.
Mikhail Prokhorov, a 35-year-old paramedic, died instantly when he fell to the ground after both of his parachutes failed to open.
Prokhorov’s main parachute failed after he jumped from an Mi-8 helicopter.
The experienced jumper tried to open the reserve parachute but his straps became tangled in the main one.
The parachute cord “caught on his neck,” according to several accounts.
Its rescue team is based in the Sverdlovsk region and is deployed to aviation emergencies throughout Russia.