Friday Freakout: Premature Reserve Parachute Opening On Hybrid Jump

Posted by Andrew R.

A premature reserve opening on a hybrid jump isn’t a malfunction you see very often, but it’s something to think about next time you plan a hybrid jump with your friends.

What caused the premature parachute opening?

Apparently one of the belly flyers was wearing a harness that didn’t quite fit and also had a short reserve cable. When the other skydiver went into a stand to hang from the chest strap, the force of the drop pulled on the reserve cable which caused the premature opening.