Drop zone personnel discovered this misrouted yellow cutaway cable while disconnecting a demo canopy from a jumper’s rig. (A correctly routed cable would pass through the other side of the locking loop, avoiding friction and interference.) The jumper had connected the canopy to the rig himself and was responsible for misrouting the cable. The number of jumps made with the riser in this configuration was not reported.
If the main canopy had required a cutaway, the risers are likely to have released from the harness, but the incorrect routing could have caused additional friction and a delay in the release of one riser. Jumpers should always consult a parachute rigger when changing canopies or components. A thorough gear check could have caught the error.