Perfect jump: Young Hanoians get high on parachutes

By Giang Huy   October 7, 2017 | 04:26 pm GMT+7

The students spent four months preparing for their 2,600 feet jump from helicopters.

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Members of the Northern Aviation Club arrive at Hanoi’s Hoa Lac Airport at 5 a.m. on Saturday for a parachute jump after four months of practice.

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The members have their blood pressure measured. They will not be allowed to fly if the pressure is too low or too high.

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They are going to wear a big parachute on the back and a back-up one on their chest.

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Lieutenant Colonel Do Van On, teacher of the course, said the students need good health and focus to acquire necessary skills. All have to go through 15 training sessions.

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Excited feet go aboard.

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The parachuting starts when the helicopter reaches 800 meters (2,600 feet) high.

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Five students jump at a time.

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Each student has got to jump once or twice during the course.

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A woman collects her parachute after landing.

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“The best moment was the first three seconds of free falling from the helicopter,” said this student named Dinh Trong Hai.