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Related: parasailing harness that killed woman in 2012

Postby southflorida » Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:27 pm

I know, this info is from parasailing. My point bringing this here is that they used this deteriorated harness to fly a passenger 450 feet off the water, at which time the harness let go and she fell to her death.

The webbing that broke looks to be 2 inches wide, and both sides gave out. Lots of sun and salt over the years weakened it.

We all hang by 2 inch webbing, sometimes even the 1 inch stuff. Not 450 feet above the water, but a fall from 20 would hurt like hell. Lesson for us: be wary of old gear, pitch it if it looks weak, especially if your life depends on it.

the full NTSB report is here:

http://media.trb.com/media/acrobat/2014-07/80851982-19210550.pdf

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Re: Related: parasailing harness that killed woman in 2012

Postby dyyylan » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:21 pm

wow... that stuff looks ancient

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Re: Related: parasailing harness that killed woman in 2012

Postby bullet » Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:15 pm

the most stress on your harness is pre take off when you are loading up for a jump so this is the most likely time that it will fail, not when you are actually airborne

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Re: Related: parasailing harness that killed woman in 2012

Postby Bille » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:57 pm

Apparently you never of Murphy's Law ?

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Re: Related: parasailing harness that killed woman in 2012

Postby Kamikuza » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:44 am

Damn! Rainbow straps - just his old was it?

bullet wrote:the most stress on your harness is pre take off when you are loading up for a jump so this is the most likely time that it will fail, not when you are actually airborne

I've had 3 pieces of gear break while jumping: spreader bar at the apex (just one side) and on landing, and a CL snap on the redirect. Lucky so far!

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Re: Related: parasailing harness that killed woman in 2012

Postby edt » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:15 am

Bille wrote:Apparently you never of Murphy's Law ?
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so true


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