When working on True Heros we had to retreat the skydiving tandem incident when a Tandem Instructor lost control in freefall and the cameraman saved them by deploying the reserve parachute
We recreated the Tandem sidespin to show the reality of what really happened.
It was business as usual at the parachute centre in Peterborough in the UK.
Mike Smith is taking a student, Richard Maynard, on a tandem jump. His friend and cameraman Ronnie O’Brien filmed the incident.
Tandems fall faster than solo jumpers so they deploy a small chute called a ‘drogue’ to reduce their speed, but as Mike deploys the drogue, part of it gets caught around his neck and put him into a side spin made him unconscious.
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