A PARACHUTE instructor is in a serious condition following a heavy landing.
It happened at Peterlee Parachute Centre, in Shotton Colliery, when the instructor, a 58-year-old man from Gateshead, and a student landed hard on the ground. A gust of wind is understood to have caused the injuries.
The Great North Air Ambulance arrived at the scene to treat the pair and after being assessed by a paramedic and doctor, the instructor was then flown to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, for treatment.
The incident happened at 11.15am yesterday.
The centre was closed for the day following the accident.