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Dangling brake line / Prop Contact / Broken finger

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Model: Macpara Muse 3
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Paramotor Frame: Skycruiser Top 80 with

Incident Details

February 18, 2015
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Pilot had been flying mountains for 6 months. This was pilots second or third motoring flight.

Pilot had a text-book inflation. Run-out was smooth, however, pilot hand position was probably too far back behind the risers (typical good form for PG launch but not good for PPG). Hands were in front of netting ~4″. Unfortunately, there was 8″ of loose break line trailing away from the brake handle. Some of this extra break line was wrapped around the pilots 4th and pinky finger.

As pilot became airborne, his hands moved a few inches closer to the cage netting. This break handle position allowed the trailing break line to pass through the cage netting. The spinning propeller contacted the trailing break line then ‘slapped’ the line. The rapid line movement was so fast that it sliced through the pilots finger tip flesh. The hand was NOT pulled into the prop but it was easily possible. Picture attached. Always eliminate the excess trailing break line.

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