‘Trooper on roof ’ gets her wings


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Jan 2005

BY LEE YUK PENG

MALACCA: The trainee parachutist who landed on a rooftop when she missed her target on Saturday, said she aspires to be the best free faller in the sports. 

Pbt Norlalaiti Haron, 27, jumped out from an aircraft at 3,005m as it flew over the Batu Berendam airport but missed her mark and landed on the roof between two link houses in Taman Merdeka Jaya. 

She drifted away from the airport, her landing base, due to strong winds shortly after midday. 

“I prayed for my safety and left it all in God’s hand,” she said, when interviewed after she and five others from the women’s club of the Terendak army camp received their wings at the end of their training yesterday. 

Kol Che Hasim Ishak, commandant of the special warfare training centre of the Sungai Udang camp, where the six women trained, pinned the wings when they finished their 17th jump. 

WE DID IT: (From left) L/Kpl Anismah Tapa, 28, Lt Suhana, Pbt Siti Rashidah Mohd Amin, 21, Pbt Roslinawati Mydin, 21, Pbt Norlalaiti and Kpl Azliza Nazri, 24, showing off their parachute wings which they received in Malacca on Saturday after completing their 17th jump.

The trainees also earned the privilege of representing the country in freefall sports competition in future. 

Her colleagues agreed that it was a good experience to float with the birds although they had to overcome the initial fear of jumping off from an aircraft at such high altitude. 

The six, who were the first batch of paratroopers from the women’s club, said it was a thrilling experience to see the world from the skies. 

“This is something that not everyone can do, “ said the six, when met at the Sungai Udang army camp, where they received their wings. 

Each of them had completed the basic jump at 305m and moved up to higher altitudes for their free falls. 

They admitted that they had harboured some fears before jumping off from the aircraft and had a sleepless night before their first jump. 

“It was only with the support from trainers and fellow soldiers that we did it, “ said Lt Suhana Sanusi, 21. 

Their coach, Mej Mohd Khir Junid, who heads the parachute division of the armed forces, based at the Sungai Udang camp, said women paratroopers were easier to train than men.  

 

Earlier Report:Parachutist lands way off her target 

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