Pierced Bridles Pose Continuing Problems

USPA recently learned of another jumper who experienced a pilot-chute-in-tow malfunction due to a main closing pin piercing the bridle on a Velocity Sports Equipment Infinity rig. In the past four years, a number of jumpers have experienced this type of malfunction on various brands of rigs, including the Infinity. In this case, the pilot chute deployed the main canopy after a short delay, just before the jumper initiated emergency procedures. When the jumper landed, he discovered that the main pin had pierced the bridle and then tore completely through the bridle’s edge.

This photo from the latest reported pierced-bridle incident shows the damage to the pilot chute bridle and illustrates the spot where the pin pierced it. Photo by Thomas Capiross.

USPA has publicized this issue in Parachutist on at least four occasions beginning in November 2009 and in the “USPA Update” e-newsletter. It also brought its concerns to the Parachute Industry Association, whose response is included in “Safety Check” in the January 2013 issue of Parachutist.

Previous articles on this topic are listed below.

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