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As the four parachutists were preparing to jump from the aircraft, the reserve parachute, of the parachutist who was standing on the wing strut of the aircraft, deployed. The reserve parachute was ejected forward over the leading edge of the wing causing the parachutist to be dragged over the wing before falling from the aircraft. This resulted in injury to the parachutist and the buckling of the inboard section of the leading edge of the wing. During the subsequent descent the parachutist activated the main parachute which failed to fully deploy. In an effort to reduce his high rate of descent he steered towards a large tree, contacting the branches before falling to the ground. Sections of the reserve parachute were lost during the descent and it was not possible to determine the reason for inadvertent deployment of the reserve parachute. The main parachute did not fully deploy because one of the steering toggles and some suspension lines became tangled with the streaming reserve parachute lines.

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General details
Date: 20 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1700 (Aprx)  
Location:Batchelor Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other 
Release date: 13 March 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-KRH 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Batchelor NT
Departure time:1700 (Aprx)
Destination:Batchelor NT
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