A total of 672 skydivers from 42 countries leapt from six planes over the Thai capital yesterday, setting a new world record for a mass free fall. At least three of the jumpers were injured. The previous record of 572 was set in Bangkok in 1999, according to the group's spokeswoman, Karina Willerup. An unpredictable wind blew several skydivers off the landing zone near Bangkok's Grand Palace, and reporters saw at least three taken to hospital with injuries, none of which were believed to be life- threatening. The 'World Team' group leapt from six C-130 military transport planes at 2,135 metres before floating down to Sanam Luang, or Royal Field, opposite the palace. Some of the jumpers encountered problems as they neared the ground, with several landing in trees at the edge of the field, and at least one hitting the roof of a nearby university building. One skydiver suffered a suspected broken leg. Ms Willerup said the skydivers came from 42 nations and included 250 parachutists from the Thai armed forces. Members were described as among the world's skydiving elite. Apart from setting a record, the event was staged to honour Thailand's Queen Sirikit, who this year celebrates her 72nd birthday. The number of skydivers was chosen to represent the milestone.