Friday Freakout: Parachute Rips In Half From Hard Premature Opening!

Posted by Andrew R.

At 190 MPH, this high-speed premature opening was hard enough to rip the center cell of the canopy and break 4 lines! Luckily all that force went through her harness/canopy and Erika came out of this incident with minor whiplash and some bruising on her legs.

The likely cause of this premie was the use of a hackey on the pilot chute instead of a freefly pud. The BOC on the container is in good condition and tight, but due to the higher-than-usual speed while sit flying, the hackey bounced around enough to extract some of the pilot chute.

Do you use a hackey or freefly pud? Let us know below.