The Royal Air Force is aware of the RAF Falcons display at Lyme Regis, Dorset not running as planned on Thursday 16 August 2018.
Following disembarkation from a Dornier 228 aircraft at 3500ft, the ten highly trained parachutists experienced an unexpected change of wind conditions at 1000ft. Due to a number of hazards close to the drop zone four of the parachutists elected to land approximately 30ft outside of the planned drop zone in a safe area.
This is a standard operating procedure designed to minimise any risk to both the parachutists and spectators. We can confirm that no injuries were sustained by either the RAF Falcons or the spectators.
“We undergo intense training in order to prepare for these situations, the parachutists responded correctly to the scenario encountered, identifying the prebriefed alternative landing areas to ensure the safety of all parties during the display.”
Flight Lieutenant David Sellers
Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team