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Keep an Eye Out | Broken Lines

Keep an Eye Out | Broken Lines
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A jumper experienced broken suspension lines on his new main parachute that required him to cut away and deploy his reserve. Later, when investigators inspected the main parachute, they determined that tension knots, which most likely developed in the jumper’s semi-stowless deployment bag, caused one line to saw through the other lines. Jumpers must carefully fold suspension lines into the pouch of a semi-stowless bag to allow the lines to pull free in an orderly manner.

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Keep an Eye Out | Rig Storage

Keep an Eye Out | Rig Storage
Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger opened this pilot emergency parachute system, which had seen many years out of service and was stored in an unknown manner, and found that all of the rubber bands had rotted and that many of them had melted onto the suspension lines.

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Keep an Eye Out | A Big Mess

Keep an Eye Out | A Big Mess
Thursday, November 1, 2018

This jumper deployed his main parachute at approximately 3,500 feet, and it was immediately obvious the parachute had malfunctioned and would not inflate. He released the main parachute a few seconds after the deployment and opened his reserve parachute.

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Keep an Eye Out | Closing-Loop Length

Keep an Eye Out | Closing-Loop Length
Monday, October 1, 2018

A senior parachute rigger received this harness and container for some work, and when he closed the rig following the repairs, he discovered that the main closing loop was more than two inches too long. The main closing pin had no tension on it at all in this configuration. He shortened the loop to the correct length and helped the owner of the rig understand why it is essential for everyone in the airplane and on the skydive to have the proper tension on the closing pin to prevent an inadvertent container opening.

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Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider

Keep an Eye Out | Stuck Slider
Saturday, September 1, 2018

A jumper experienced a main-parachute malfunction when the slider remained at the top of the lines after deployment and would not allow the parachute to inflate. He released the main parachute, deployed his reserve and landed safely.

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