Just curious how close I was:
A couple of weeks ago I was on a 3-way, jumping the local
rental gear. The *** band for the chest-strap was missing,
so I (foolishly) just tucked the end of the strap under the
part across my chest. Everything looked fine in the airplane,
but after exit half of the thick end of strap made its way
through the buckle. Although it was still stuck in the buckle
it could have slipped completely through during opening shock.
So to my surprise after the first point one of my partners
tracked away, while the other, who was JM at the DZ, flew to
my right side fixed the problem. Actually I got a bit worried
because I didn't know what the matter was, and when this guy was
reaching in the direction of my cut-away I believed something had
gone badly wrong.
So what I was wondering is, has it actually ever happened that
someone has fallen out of his/her harness during opening because
the chest-strap has come off ? Close encounters are also of interest.
Needless to say that my chest-strap is now decorated with several
*** bands, thoroughly knotted and entangled with the end of the
strap. Some people suggested it looks save now to put a tandem on it.