MS Dhoni completes parachute jump from 1,250 feet

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Agra, Aug 19: India's One Day International captain MS Dhoni on Wednesday made his maiden parachute jump, from an Indian Air Force aircraft, at the Agra airbase.

According to media reports today, Dhoni made the parachute jump from a height of 1,250 feet. The limited overs skipper is on a two-week training at the Para Training School (PTS) in Agra.

File photo of MS Dhoni

"Dhoni, a Lieutenant Colonel, has been training with the Air Force skydiving team at Paratroopers Training School in Agra and his first jump took place at 7 am. He leapt off an AN-32 aircraft from a height of 1250 feet. With a help of a parachute, it took 70 seconds for Dhoni to land on the ground," NDTV reported.

"He will attend theory classes for the next five days, then undergo stringent tests and ground training rituals, before para-jumping from the Malpura base. He has to complete five jumps at the 50 Independent Para Brigade base," IANS news agency had reported on August 8.

A picture and information of Dhoni's training were shared on Twitter by Ministry of Defence's Principal Spokesperson Sitanshu Kar. Today, he confirmed Dhoni's maiden para jump. "Lt Col MS Dhoni makes his maiden Para Jump," he wrote on his Twitter page.

The Agra PTS has a reputation of providing the finest para-troopers who have played pivotal role in the Bangladesh Liberation War as well as Sri Lanka and Maldives operations, the report added.

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