Friday Freakout: Skydiver Dragged Across Ground By Dust Devil!

Posted by Andrew R.

Dust devils bring new meaning to the term “dirt dive.” In this case, a skydiver gets dragged across the ground by a dust devil while landing at Skydive Arizona. While the large canopy (Safire 210) certainly didn’t help in this situation, it’s good practice to release your RSL (if applicable) and cutaway to prevent yourself from being dragged in high winds or dust devils.

Did You Know: A dust devil is a strong, well-formed and relatively long-lived whirlwind, ranging from small (half a meter wide and a few meters tall) to large (more than 10 meters wide and more than 1000 meters tall)!