The latest CAPS deployment sheds some light on the question of whether a conventional or a CAPS ditch is best. (As IÂ’m sure is being discussed in the memberÂ’s section.)
In one widely circulated account the pilot said: Â“I slipped into the water and began swimming to shore. My leg got caught on something: no doubt a line from the parachute. I kicked it free and swam faster and farther away from the plane.Â”
He was lucky. I watched two people drown from shroud entanglement after successful ejections following a cold catapult shot.
You may remember a long exchange between me and Doug Ritter wherein I strenuously objected to his advice to pull the CAPS after a conventional ditch because a chute in the water is a well known hazard. I was unable to convince him it was bad advice. Perhaps this will.