During a formation skydive, the videographer noticed that this jumper’s reserve-ripcord handle had dislodged from his harness. As the videographer moved into position to warn the jumper about the handle, the group reached its breakoff altitude and the jumper tracked away and deployed his main canopy without incident. He later said that he could feel the handle flapping against his side right after the exit.
Jumpers should check their main-deployment, cutaway and reserve-ripcord handles before they put on their rigs, before boarding the aircraft and again before exiting. Jumpers should also take care to prevent their handles from being dislodged when setting up in the door and exiting.