Friday Freakout: Group Of Skydivers Entangled In Premature Parachute Opening

Posted by Andrew R.

A group of skydivers setup a wagon wheel exit in an MI-8 helicopter. One of the skydiver’s pilot chute got caught on the seat by the door, and as the wagon wheel rolled out of the helicopter, the bridle wrapped around several skydivers in the group.

Once the group broke apart and all limbs were free of entanglement with the pilot chute, the inevitable premature opening occurred and the canopy deployed without any serious injuries or casualties… minus a lost shoe on deployment. RIP shoe.

This incident could’ve ended in disaster, but it serves as an important reminder to protect your handles on exit, especially in larger groups.