There is the main parachute that is visible when I'm on the sky and on top of the main one, there is a reserve parachute
, which is meant for in case the main one fails, then the diver can easily open the reserve one and safely land to the ground,' he said.
Those at the scene immediately realized that something was seriously wrong with her reserve parachute
, two vital pieces of equipment which fasten the parachute harness was missing," he said.
He said the skydiver managed to deploy his reserve parachute
late on in the descent, but believes he was only semi-conscious at that point.
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Vincent Mignot, Airborne Systems' international business manager added that the reserve parachute
has the same characteristics as the main, which is rare in canopies with high glide ratios: "During a mission, even if the jumper cuts away and has to get rid of their main, under their reserve they will have the same performances and will be able to carry out their mission with their team mates.
Durham Police has said her reserve parachute
did deploy, and the circumstances of her death were being investigated jointly by the police, the BPA and the Civil Aviation Authority.
However, the force has now established that the reserve parachute
He hit the ground at around 50mph just as his reserve parachute
His subject was the modelling approach of a reserve parachute
Police described how Mrs Cilliers' main parachute first failed to deploy, while her reserve parachute
also failed but opened just enough to slow her descent from a fatal velocity before she crashed to the ground.
Luckily the sportsman managed to make a soft landing into the water by activating his reserve parachute
The RA-1 system consists of the Intruder 360 main parachute, the Intruder 360 reserve parachute
, and the Raider 2 harness/container.