Friday Freakout: Skydiver’s Possible Out-of-Sequence Emergency Procedures, Plus Line Twists on Reserve Parachute

Andrew ReveszBy Andrew Revesz

This skydiver has heavy line twists on his Katana 120, which leads to a cutaway followed by more line twists on his reserve. Not fun! The cutaway was initiated at 2,800 feet and he was under a functional reserve by 1,700 feet.

He had a Skyhook RSL installed, and his initial assessment was that the counter-clockwise spin at the time of the cutaway is what caused the Skyhook to disconnect. However, there is the possibility that the Skyhook may have been disconnected due to out-of-sequence emergency procedures; it looks like both the cutaway and reserve handles may have been pulled at the same time, which caused the reserve pilot chute to inflate and deactivated the Skyhook.

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