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Down PlaneA downplane occurs when two ramair parachutes are inflated simultaneously and both fly towards the ground. The descent rate under a downplane is very high. Landing a downplane will usually result in severe injuries or death.
The most common ways jumpers end up in this dreaded scenario are:
A study done by Performance Designs showed that downplanes happened when the main bag tumbled while deploying, creating line twists on the main.
In most cases, what started out as a downplane quickly evolved into a side-by-side with no input from the jumper. The main would usually still have line twists in the side by side. This configuration would suggest a cutaway.
Downplanes are a situation to be avoided. This can be done by:
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