A 2-way “tracking” jump nearly ends in disaster when both jumpers lose sight of each other and fly through each other’s airspace on opening. The trailing skydiver narrowly misses the leader as he deploys, skimming the parachute by (what appears to be) inches. This is how accidents/fatalities happen!
What could have prevented it?
- Flying a more predictable pattern
- Staying closer together throughout the jump
- Getting proper separation at break-off