Friday Freakout: Skydive Student’s Parachute Pilot Chute Caught Around Arm, Saved By Instructor

Posted by Andrew R.

On his AFF Level 4 jump, this skydive student pulled his pilot chute to deploy his parachute, but the bridle got caught around his arm which prevented the main parachute from opening.

The student reached back again to feel/find the pilot chute, but couldn’t find it and he followed his emergency procedures: cutaway and pull the reserve.

Just as the student began his EPs, the instructor managed to clear the pilot chute from the student’s arm — potentially avoiding a complication or entanglement with the reserve deployment.

I say that’s a +1 for the instructor, well done Kauê Parra.