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MANDATORY Ripcord / Pin Test

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Capewell Components LLC has received (3) reports from (3) customers of (4) ripcord pins that broke. All (4) pins were reported to have broken under very low force. All (4) pins are reported to have broken on the blade section of the pin, approximately 1/8” (3 mm) from the shoulder of the pin. Two of these ripcord pins that broke were supplied by Capewell as a completed ripcord assembly. Two of the ripcord pins that broke were supplied as pins to Capewell customers who then assembled the full ripcord. The (4) ripcord pins that broke were delivered to Capewell customers in the first half of 2002.

Broken Pin
Capewell has an on-going investigation to determine root cause. No root cause(s) has been determined to date. Affected Ripcord Pins are: MS70107 (angled), PS70107 (angled), 61C4304 (angled); 55A6480 (terminal)

A defective pin could cause your parachute system to malfunction. Please download the complete service bulletin below which describes two MANDATORY tests. Either TEST 1 or TEST 2 must be performed prior to the next uyse of your system.

> Download Service Bulletin (pdf)

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ChrisD
In case anyone thinks this is dated:
2 recent fatalities:
One ripcord issue in GA in 2016 which resulted in a fatality that got no press.
One incident in New England in 2014 which resulted in a fatality.
AND NOT ONE FUCKING WORD FROM THE USPA SAFETY SECTION OR ANY PUBLICITY ABOUT THESE NEEDLESS DEATHS. NOT ONE FUCKING WORD.

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