Misrouted Pud Bridle

A jumper using a pull-out pilot chute (known as a “pud”) experienced a total malfunction due to a misrouting of the main-closing-pin bridle. The jumper could extract the pud’s handle but couldn’t extract the pin due to the misrouting. The jumper pulled her reserve ripcord and landed uneventfully under her reserve parachute.

The report of the incident did not mention whether the jumper packed her own main or if she used a packer. Regardless, jumpers must close pull-out systems according to the manufacturer instructions to ensure that the lanyard routing allows the main pin to extract and the main pilot chute to pull free from the main container flaps. A proper gear check could have identified the problem before the jump.

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