Pilot aids parachutist mid-flight

#1
BBC said:
Pilot aids parachutist mid-flight

A civilian pilot had to leave the controls of his light aircraft to cut free an Army parachutist whose lines got entangled in the undercarriage.

The pilot left his seat for 30 seconds to free the soldier, who completed the jump using his reserve parachute.

The parachutist was the last of six British soldiers making the jump at a parachute training centre in Germany.

The Ministry of Defence praised the pilot's "bravery and skill", adding it was unaware of any similar rescue.

The incident happened 3,000ft above the Joint Service Parachute Centre at Bad Lippspringe when the soldier's parachute partially deployed.

The pilot, who has asked to remain anonymous, realised the parachute-jump instructor was in trouble when he saw him frantically waving.

"The pilot showed significant bravery and skill," said the MoD.

"We are unaware of a rescue like this happening before."

The soldiers were taking part in a parachuting competition, with the first five all completing their jumps successfully.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7515262.stm

If the pilot was serving I would have thought an AFC would be in order or at least a Queen's Commendation.
 
#2
Pilot was a civvy.

Seems a strange thing to do, firstly flying where para exercises were being held (didn't he check NOTAMS or speak to ATC before he blundered into the area?) and secondly cutting the para adrift in the hope that his reserve would save him. Perhaps he just wanted to get rid of the evidence?

Not sure how he accomplished freeing the para in 30 seconds, either. Ever tried opening something like a Cessna 172 door in mid flight whilst keeping in on track, let alone leaning out upside down to fiddle with somethng wrapped around the gear? I wouldn't recommend it.

Still, glad the para survived.
 
#3
pyrogenica said:
Pilot was a civvy.

Seems a strange thing to do, firstly flying where para exercises were being held (didn't he check NOTAMS or speak to ATC before he blundered into the area?) and secondly cutting the para adrift in the hope that his reserve would save him. Perhaps he just wanted to get rid of the evidence?

Not sure how he accomplished freeing the para in 30 seconds, either. Ever tried opening something like a Cessna 172 door in mid flight whilst keeping in on track, let alone leaning out upside down to fiddle with somethng wrapped around the gear? I wouldn't recommend it.

Still, glad the para survived.
Ermm....WAH protector ON.
Have you considered that the door was already open, as it was the aircraft that the bloke jumped out of ?
 
#4
pyrogenica said:
Pilot was a civvy.

Seems a strange thing to do, firstly flying where para exercises were being held (didn't he check NOTAMS or speak to ATC before he blundered into the area?) and secondly cutting the para adrift in the hope that his reserve would save him. Perhaps he just wanted to get rid of the evidence?

Not sure how he accomplished freeing the para in 30 seconds, either. Ever tried opening something like a Cessna 172 door in mid flight whilst keeping in on track, let alone leaning out upside down to fiddle with somethng wrapped around the gear? I wouldn't recommend it.

Still, glad the para survived.
How would people be jumping out if the door was closed?
 
#8
last pilot to catch a parachutist in flight over germany had a Me109 i think
 
#9
pyrogenica said:
Pilot was a civvy.

Seems a strange thing to do, firstly flying where para exercises were being held (didn't he check NOTAMS or speak to ATC before he blundered into the area?) and secondly cutting the para adrift in the hope that his reserve would save him. Perhaps he just wanted to get rid of the evidence?

Not sure how he accomplished freeing the para in 30 seconds, either. Ever tried opening something like a Cessna 172 door in mid flight whilst keeping in on track, let alone leaning out upside down to fiddle with somethng wrapped around the gear? I wouldn't recommend it.

Still, glad the para survived.
Have you ever wondered why people call you 40 watt?
 
#10
sandmanfez said:
pyrogenica said:
Pilot was a civvy.

Seems a strange thing to do, firstly flying where para exercises were being held (didn't he check NOTAMS or speak to ATC before he blundered into the area?) and secondly cutting the para adrift in the hope that his reserve would save him. Perhaps he just wanted to get rid of the evidence?

Not sure how he accomplished freeing the para in 30 seconds, either. Ever tried opening something like a Cessna 172 door in mid flight whilst keeping in on track, let alone leaning out upside down to fiddle with somethng wrapped around the gear? I wouldn't recommend it.

Still, glad the para survived.
Have you ever wondered why people call you 40 watt?
Just had to explain that to Mrs. ES.

What wattage does that make her then :?
 
#11
EX_STAB said:
What wattage does that make her then :?
Women huh? :)
I've been there mate, it all starts getting a bit surreal when you end up trying to explain Ohms law on the back of a napkin.
 
#14
Pyro, the civvie pilot was flying the plane that the 6 parachutists were jumping out of. He is the pilot at the Parachute training centre in Germany, just North of Sennelager.

I am not sure, but l think that job neccesates him flying where the parachustists are jumping. :D

It is an Adv Trg site, not parachuting as in P coy and all that. So the "Para" could be a Loggy, Engr, Rifles or even a local civie.

If they are still using an Islander, the door is a slide door, very easy to open in flight, otherwise the parachutests would get a bit bored. :D

I assume, EX-STAB, this is what that lunatic from the other night was one about? Where he claimed he had "seen" a plane land with a parachutist still attached.
 
#15
chocolate_frog said:
Pyro, the civvie pilot was flying the plane that the 6 parachutists were jumping out of. I am not sure, but l think that job neccesates him flying where the parachustists are jumping. :D

He is the pilot at the Parachute training centre in Germany, just North of Sennelager. It is an Adv Trg site, not parachuting as in P coy and all that.

So the "Para" could be a Loggy, Engr, Rifles or even a local civie.

I assume, EX-STAB, this is what that lunatic from the other night was one about? Where he claimed he had "seen" a plane land with a parachutist still attached.
I think "lunatic" is a bit harsh! As I recall he said he had seen it stooging round with someone hung up under it, don't think he said he saw it land with the guy attached.

Good argument for having a despatcher I think.
 
#16
40 watts eh? Quite good if you're talking about a mobile phone :)

Have to be honest here, I was in Courvoisier mode, so I made a stupid presumption based on what was said on the BBC site. :oops:

I kind of presumed, military exercise, loads of aircraft and pilots, paras, references to MOD and a pilot who refused to be identified, therefore the reference to the civvy pilot meant that it "must" be another aircraft which had blundered into the zone. As a (non commercial) pilot I have seen any number of instances (one fatal) where civvy pilots have blundered into a live military zone (and vice versa) so I jumped to the wrong conclusion.

Thanks for putting me right guys, sorry.
 
#17
EX_STAB said:
I think "lunatic" is a bit harsh! As I recall he said he had seen it stooging round with someone hung up under it, don't think he said he saw it land with the guy attached.

Good argument for having a despatcher I think.
Definitly.

2nd of the posts, the guy claimed to have seen it LAND with a guy underneath!!!

Ouch, I thought.
 
#18
Heard this on the radio (BFBS) the presenter made it sound very matter of fact, no different to say a driver shutting the hatch back whilst proceeding along autobahn at 100 mph. Easy really??
 
#19
I would guess...... and it's only a guess..... that it was a visiting aircraft. The undercarriage of the Quest Kodiak is a good way in front of the door and the chances of catching on the undercarriage of the Islander are remote, and if id did, the chances of someone inside the aircraft cutting it free and getting back in are as good as nil.
 
#20
'Cancel my last', reliably informed it was the Islander. Hats off and beer behind the bar for the pilot.

To get out of the pilot's seat, do what I thought would be impossible and get back in 30 seconds? Very big well done indeed.
 

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