Floating Handle

This jumper experienced a floating reserve ripcord handle while jumping with a costume for a television commercial. He received multiple gear checks before exiting, but the handle dislodged as he moved toward the door of the airplane. Although the handle floated loose, the reserve ripcord pin stayed in place throughout the freefall and canopy descent, and the jump was otherwise uneventful.

Reportedly, the Velcro used to hold the handle in place on the main lift web was worn out and did not properly hold the handle in place. Velcro wears out relatively quickly with repeated use. It is safest to replace Velcro at the first sign of wear rather than waiting until it creates a dangerous situation. 

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