Austria's president jumps from plane

2011-10-19 20:27

Vienna - Austria's president was in free fall - and no, it was not about a loss in popularity.

President Heinz Fischer's office has released a video of the 73-year-old head of state jumping in tandem from a military helicopter and dangling from a parachute after what his office says was a 50-second free fall before safely touching down.

The jump took place in September during a military exercise, and Fischer - the commander in chief of Austria's military - clearly enjoyed it.

"My view of Austria from 3 800m took my breath away and our soldiers ... are really great guys," he told Wednesday's edition of the weekly News.