Hilarious moment Spanish military parachutist gets stuck on a lamppost in front of King Felipe and Queen Letizia during National Day parade
- Corporal Luis Fernando Pozo was left clinging on to the post for several minutes
- Cries of horror could be heard as his parachute gets caught and he quickly halts
- The royal couple later offered him words of comfort after the accident in Madrid
Spain’s King and Queen looked on as a paratrooper crashed into a lamppost while attempting to land with the country’s flag at a Hispanic Day parade.
Corporal Luis Fernando Pozo was left clinging onto the post for several minutes before being rescued by an army vehicle during the televised event in Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid today.
Footage shows King Felipe VI, wearing full military uniform and his wife Queen Letiziaat the event with daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia.
A paratrooper crashes into a lamppost while attempting to land with the country’s flag at a Hispanic Day parade in Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid
The paratrooper glides towards the ground, seemingly without any problems.
But cries of horror can be heard as his parachute suddenly gets caught forcing him to come to an abrupt halt.
But the crowd quickly cheers for the paratrooper as the King and Queen watch on alongside Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Mr Pozo lowers the flag to the ground, so it could still be raised in the parade, and was applauded by the the royal couple and other onlookers before making it to safety.
But the crowd quickly cheers for Corporal Luis Fernando Pozo who was later rescued from the post
He was offered words of comfort by King Felipe VI, wearing full military uniform, and his wife Queen Letizia. Their daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia also attended the parade
He was later offered words of comfort by the King and Queen of Spain.
Spanish Ministry of Defence officials said the paratrooper, a veteran with over 600 jumps to his name, had suffered no injuries despite his painful collision.
Pedro Sanchez tweeted after the incident that was blamed on an unexpected gust of wind: ‘We’re thankful it’s just been a simple scare.’
Hispanic Day is Spain’s National Holiday and commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492.
Traditionally the King of Spain supervises the raising of the Spanish national flag in the centre of Madrid before leading an armed forces parade.