Food hall trader injured as parachutist crash lands at Game and Country Fair
PUBLISHED: 15:58 28 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:25 29 April 2019
A man in his 30s was injured when a parachutist crash-landed at the East Anglian Game and Country Fair at the Euston Estate near Thetford.
The crash happened at around 2.30pm when one of the Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team landed behind a marquee outside the main arena, knocking a fence into one of the food hall traders who was standing there.
He was assessed by paramedics on the site, and is now being transferred by ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
Event organiser Andy Grand said the injuries were not believed to be serious, but the man is being taken to hospital as a precaution.
“The parachutist came down behind our members' marquee, which is not a public area, but one of the food hall traders was behind there having a cigarette,” he said. “He landed on the fence and this guy was knocked over. He got up and was able to walk, but as a matter of precaution he was assessed in the ambulance we have here on site.
“The paramedics called 999 and explained the situation to the hospital and were initially told they would send an ambulance for him in four hours, so it was not an urgent priority for them.”
The ambulance actually arrived within an hour of the incident.
The parachute team cancelled their jump on the first day of the event on Saturday due to safety concerns in the high winds.
Today, two of the six-man team missed the landing zone, but the other parachutist landed without incident. Mr Grand said the army would conduct an investigation and report back on what went wrong.
“The parachutists are highly-trained and have done thousands of jumps,” he said. “They were well within the parameters to jump today, because they would not have gone ahead otherwise.
“They think it could have been an extreme gust that came in the wrong direction. It must have been wind-oriented as there was no equipment failure.”