Watch the US Army paratrooper “one second from death” as he deploys the reserve parachute just in time after a heart-wrenching freefall

DRAMATIC footage shows the moment a paratrooper almost fell to the ground when his parachute failed to deploy.

The US Army commando free-falled for at least 15 seconds before thankfully his reserve ballooned just seconds before hitting the ground.

Footage shows the paratrooper shooting toward the ground

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Footage shows the paratrooper shooting toward the groundPhoto credit: Twitter/@TheWTFNation
He almost hits the ground when his parachute fails to deploy

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He almost hits the ground when his parachute fails to deployPhoto credit: Twitter/@TheWTFNation
Luckily, his rescue parachute deploys just in time

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Luckily, his rescue parachute deploys just in timePhoto credit: Twitter/@TheWTFNation

A stunning clip shows several paratroopers slowly descending through the air after jumping from an Air Force C-130 transport plane flying over Italy.

But one soldier falls much quicker than the others as he struggles to open his main shaft.

He’s seen pounding the ground for at least 15 seconds before finally managing to deploy his reserve chute.

The troubled paratrooper then managed to land safely in what is known as the Juliet Drop Zone, which Task & Purpose says is used by the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade.

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Army spokesman Jason Wagoner could not tell the outlet when the incident occurred or if the soldier was injured.

Paratroopers are trained to deploy their reserve parachutes six seconds after realizing their main parachute will not function.

Retired Army Commander Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger told the outlet, “It takes about 400 feet to open this reserve parachute, and that’s quite a significant amount of time when you’re getting to the ground as fast as this person.”

“There’s a reason they call it dangerous duty.”

Mellinger said problems with jumps are rare – but soldiers can encounter a number of problems after exiting the plane that can prevent the parachute from deploying.

This includes being thrown into a spin by crashing into the plane or other equipment.

It comes after a paraglider was just seconds from dying after BOTH parachutes failed to open in a failed flight stunt.

Kevin Philipp fell from around 2,600ft over the Pyrenees in Catalonia, Spain, and narrowly escaped death – he captured the whole horrifying fall in shocking video.

After attempting an advanced acro-paragliding trick in the air, the 34-year-old became entangled in his own lines and was unable to deploy his parachute.

At breakneck speed he raced towards the mountain peaks.

Miraculously, Kevin managed to pull in his bailout and yank out the parachute manually – saving his own life without wasting a second.

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