Once the video is fully uplaoded I will post a direct link (unless someone beats me to it. The Name of the file is: TandemMalfunction.wmv
Below is the description. Please view the video and lets open this up for discussion. I will later post some of the changes we have made at our dropzone in response to this malfunction.
This was an interesting malfunction that happened at my home dropzone. I was not the TI or the Video guy, but I am posting this video with the permission of both the TI and the video guy so that other tandem masters can learn. BTW, I am also a TI at this dropzone.
Gear: RWS Victor 2. Malfunction Description: On exit the housing for the secondary drogue release (one on the student side) caught on the door and was pulled OVER the drogue throw handle. When the TI threw the drogue the Drogue and the Bridle went through the loop created by the housing. In drogue fall the drogue inflated but caused the TI to freefall slightly on their side. You can see that the TI knew something was up and was searching with his hand and eye to figure out what was going on. When he released the drogue, the dBag had no where to go and just flopped around back there. The TI quickly deployed the Reserve. It sure was scary to see the Reserve and the drogue dance around together, but the reserve opened cleanly. After the reserve was open, the main began to inflate (not show in the video). The TI then chopped the main and landed with out any issues.
I found it amazing watching as the TI released the drogue to see it collapse and keep on falling.
Please visit DZ.com in the instructors forum for further comments on this video.
(This post was edited by flyer299 on Feb 14, 2006, 10:21 AM)
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