Paratrooper Crashes On Street During Independence Parade

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

Video Credit: CEN

This is the shocking moment a paratrooper crashes on a city street in front of a screaming crowd during a Mexican Independence Day parade.

The incident took place on 16th September during a parade to mark the country’s Independence Day in the central Mexican capital Mexico City.

According to local media, the paratrooper unit jumped out of an aircraft at an altitude of 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) and they planned to land outside the National Palace where around 100,000 spectators were waiting.

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The 35-year-old paratrooper, identified as Valente Mateo Hernandez, encountered a problem and was reportedly blown off course by strong gusts before finally crash-landing hard on the tarmac.

Reports said that the serviceman survived the incident, but had to be taken to a navy hospital where he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and wounds to his face.

Mateo Hernandez remains in hospital and there have been no further updates on his condition.

The incident did not affect the parade as the paratrooper crash-landed in an area away from the main crowd of around 100,000 people.

The ceremony commemorated the 209th anniversary of the start of the Mexican War of Independence and 12,400 military personnel took part in the parade.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.