Accidental Deployment

Please tell what happened and how it might have been avoided. Names should be ommitted. This forum should help others learn from mistakes that caused or nearly caused a mishap.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 288
Joined: Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:08 pm

Accidental Deployment

Post by Jim » Sat May 05, 2018 10:54 pm

The pilot experiencing an accidental deployment of a reserve 'chute on Saturday may choose to post details but for those who are wondering...

A pilot reported on the radio that a glider was under canopy to the east of Trash. The glider reportedly impacted on the steep slope on the east face. No one could confirm movement. LACoFD Rescue was called from the LZ. Thirty minutes later, a helicopter responded. Almost all pilots had landed in anticipation of the rescue operation. The fire crew retireved the pilot and flew off in the direction of Whiteman Airport. The group present in the LZ was eventually informed that the pilot was fine (applause and sighs of relief!) and SHGA members picked up and returned the pilot to the LZ.

At the LZ, the pilot reported hearing a 'pop' and reached back to find the parachute case had opened. Unable to contain the deployment bag, the 'chute dropped out and deployed. The glider impacted in a very steep section that the pilot, after struggling to exit the harness, felt was too dangerous to try to climb up or down. The pilot reported waving at pilots in the air above but, apparently, no one was close enough to see.

The glider sustained damage against rocky terrain from the helicopter wash and remains on the mountain at this writing.

And I was already thinking it's time for a repack.
There are two kinds of people in the world: the quick and the dead.

User avatar
Posts: 1695
Joined: Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:05 am

Post by JD » Sun May 06, 2018 11:41 am

Thank you for the report.

I very strongly recommend that every pilot out there listen to the following podcast featuring Matt Wilkes. Matt has extensive training and experience in free-flight rescues, life saving and works in an E/R. What you learn from this podcast may save your life or the life of another person. Please listen to it at least once and learn everything you can from it and share it with your friends.
Thank You,
JD ... or-pilots/

Post Reply