I had a friend at the drop zone last weekend
tell me about his first reserve ride that
had recently occurred. Turns out he was
exiting the plane with a group where one of
the jumpers had ahold of his chest strap
during the exit. They fumbled the exit and
during the process his cutaway handle got
pulled. Noone saw this of course so he rode
it all the way down until deployment time
and then upon doing so he looked up and saw
he wasn't under his main. His RSL had
automatically deployed his reserve after the
main came out of the container. This guy
had only about 25 jumps when this happened
so understandbly, it shook him up a little.
So I am putting this to the group:
1. Are chest strap exits very common?
2. Doesn't this seem kind of dangerous
having someone's hands so close to your
handles during an exit. If the reserve had
been pulled instead, this could have been a
bad situation if it had deployed into the
group of jumpers exiting with him.
3. Has anyone out there had something like
this happen to them?
I hope this doesn't start a pro-strap exit
and anti-strap exit flame war because I
really don't care who wins. I'm a newbie
also with only about 50 jumps to my credit.
One of those jumps I let someone exit
holding my chest strap and we fumbled it
also. Luckily, my handles stayed in tact
but regardless, my chest strap won't get
touched again I can promise you.
Thanks in advance for the replies!