Friday Freakout: Tandem Skydive Instructor’s Foot Wrapped Around Drogue, Saved by Reserve Parachute

Posted by Andrew R.

This tandem instructor got himself into a sticky situation when the drogue wrapped around his foot shortly after exiting the plane. He struggled to clear the entanglement as they began to spin, so he deployed the reserve and they landed safely.

Perhaps this could have been avoided if the TI kept a big body position on exit instead of trying to wrap his leg around the passenger? Or maybe he could’ve kicked off the shoe to clear the wrap?

I’m not a TI, and it’s easy for me to offer suggestions sitting on this end of the keyboard, but maybe some experienced tandem instructors could chime in with some helpful advice on how to avoid a situation like this…