Skydiving Photography Dangers – Snagging The Plane

Skydiving Photography Dangers!  Or, Risking it all for the $20 bill!

First day on the job.  First jump.  Got a new guy on the crew learning the ropes.  Everything goes smooth till he lets go. Check out this seemingly innocent, every day, climb-out and exit.  Can you spot what happened?  This type of mishap can happen to just about anyone.  There are many skydiving photographer dangers out there. Learn from other’s mistakes.

When working on unfamiliar airplanes, equipment and locations.  Taking a steadfast and conscious look at yourself might help in the long run. Honestly, when I saw the video, I don’t think I would have thought about this.  And I’ve noticed my equipment varies to the same in this video.  Still, it’s amazing and dumb luck for sure as well as something to watch out for and it was in my mind on every climb-out since. The victim of this sustained a massive lump on his shin from hitting the step after being thrown into it a few times while floundering in the wind.  He is very lucky a piece broke and set him free.  I cannot imagine having to ride this down.

Thanks for tuning in!


PS- Have you ever been in a situation like this?

PPS- What is your biggest mistake as a skydiving photographer where you learned something?

PPPS-Leave your comment in the post below.

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Wendy FaulknerAugust 12, 2013 - 9:13 am

What exactly did he snag? I couldn’t quite tell from the video.

HPSeptember 20, 2013 - 8:27 am

@ wendy, Thanks! If you look at the video real close you will see the swoop cord wrap around the peg. When he lets go, he is stuck to the plane. Luckily, a plastic snap broke and he was released. Close call. He ended up with a HUGE Lump and bruise on his shin from slamming into the foot step several times.

Bill FlynnOctober 10, 2013 - 11:06 am

A lot of new jumpers do not know how much risk is added with a camera. Thanks for speading the love….

HPOctober 10, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Thanks Bill! Everyone has a camera and we need to watch out for each other. You are one of those people! You rock!

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