Friday Freakout: Skydiver’s Pilot Chute Flies Out of Open Plane Door!

Posted by Andrew R.

What happened?

Watching a pilot chute fly out of a plane door is one hell of a way to get your heart rate going. This skydiver was sitting on the floor when his hacky got caught on the plane door as it was being opened. Whoa! Fortunately the d-bag didn’t come out and his canopy didn’t inflate while he was still inside the plane.

Why did this happen?

The plane door had a bungee cord connected to it, which helped make it easier to open and close the door. Since the jumper was sitting beside the door, his hacky got stuck between the door and the bungee and as the door was opened, it pulled the pilot chute out.

Once the hacky was out and flapping in the wind, the jumper behind him helped reel in the bridle, handed it to the jumper and then he exited the plane.

What could have been done differently?

Check your gear and protect your handles, especially when you’re moving and shuffling around in the plane or resting against objects in the plane.

It’s also worth discussing emergency procedures in a situation like this. What are your emergency procedures if there’s a premature opening in the plane door?