Friday Freakout: Prosthetic Leg Causes Skydiver To Spin Out of Control + Premature Opening

Zej Moczydlowski
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What happened

This is a very unique situation you don't see very often — or ever. The last skydiver out of the plane diving towards the group, who were attempting to build a BFR (Big F*[email protected] Round), had a prosthetic leg. As air started to get under the prosthetic, it caused him to start  spinning out of control and forced him to deploy his main parachute early. (We’re assuming he was concerned about the prosthetic coming off mid-air.) Very fortunately, there was no one directly above him to catch a premature opening in the face.

Why did it happen

Ignoring Known Potential Risks

While still on the ground, the jumper reportedly stated that he had “never jumped without a jumpsuit” before. No one here at Teem has a prosthetic so we can’t personally attest to the potential for one to come off. However, the incident in this video combined with the jumper evidently being worried about the risk of jumping without a jumpsuit, suggests that he knew that there was risk involved in doing so.

How could it be prevented

Honest Assessment

Skydiving is all about the minimization of risk. This sport is inherently dangerous, so the only way to make it safer is to find potential hazards and try to eliminate or reduce them as much as possible. This jumper knew about a potential hazard to the point where he brought it up on the ground. Once he established that it was a possible issue, he should have had a moment of honest reflection about it and done what he could to prevent it from being a factor.

Additional Notes

“It’s not really a Freakout”

Some folks may watch this video and think it’s not serious enough to warrant being featured in our Friday Freakout series. We chose to use it because it’s a unique situation we’ve never seen before and part of the reason we created this series is to foster education and safety. Unique situations like this one may only happen once in a blue moon, but talking about it might make someone more aware of a rare but potentially serious risk in the future.

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What happened

This is a very unique situation you don't see very often — or ever. The last skydiver out of the plane diving towards the group, who were attempting to build a BFR (Big F*[email protected] Round), had a prosthetic leg. As air started to get under the prosthetic, it caused him to start  spinning out of control and forced him to deploy his main parachute early. (We’re assuming he was concerned about the prosthetic coming off mid-air.) Very fortunately, there was no one directly above him to catch a premature opening in the face.

Why did it happen

Ignoring Known Potential Risks

While still on the ground, the jumper reportedly stated that he had “never jumped without a jumpsuit” before. No one here at Teem has a prosthetic so we can’t personally attest to the potential for one to come off. However, the incident in this video combined with the jumper evidently being worried about the risk of jumping without a jumpsuit, suggests that he knew that there was risk involved in doing so.

How could it be prevented

Honest Assessment

Skydiving is all about the minimization of risk. This sport is inherently dangerous, so the only way to make it safer is to find potential hazards and try to eliminate or reduce them as much as possible. This jumper knew about a potential hazard to the point where he brought it up on the ground. Once he established that it was a possible issue, he should have had a moment of honest reflection about it and done what he could to prevent it from being a factor.

Additional Notes

“It’s not really a Freakout”

Some folks may watch this video and think it’s not serious enough to warrant being featured in our Friday Freakout series. We chose to use it because it’s a unique situation we’ve never seen before and part of the reason we created this series is to foster education and safety. Unique situations like this one may only happen once in a blue moon, but talking about it might make someone more aware of a rare but potentially serious risk in the future.

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