A PARACHUTE centre instructor suffered serious arm and chest injuries after a heavy fall during landing.
The man, aged 58 and from Gateshead, was taking part in a jump with a student at the Peterlee Parachute Centre, based at Shotton Airfield.
He was airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and was described as being in a stable condition.
An air ambulance spokesman said: “A parachute instructor and student suffered a hard landing resulting in injuries to both.
“The parachute instructor was assessed and treated by the aircrew, a paramedic and doctor before being flown to hospital.”
The incident happened at around 11.15am yesterday.