Rigging Mistake

A newly licensed jumper bought this rig from a private owner over the internet. The gear came with a freshly packed reserve, but when the new owner looked at the rig, he noticed that the reserve closing loop was badly frayed. He brought the gear to a local rigger at his drop zone for inspection, and the rigger noticed that the pin-protector flap of the reserve container was closed incorrectly. The local rigger inspected and repacked the rig to ensure that it had no additional problems.

Rigging mistakes on reserve systems are uncommon, but they happen. This circumstance shows why jumpers should learn about their gear so they can catch when something is not right and needs correction. It is also a good idea to have a trusted rigger inspect any parachute equipment before you purchase or use the equipment.

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