For those that knew Chris Atkinson and to all other PPG Pilots, please see the below report of the accident for all to learn by:
Accident/Death resulted in Right brake toggle being caught by the propellor, causing a severe right hand spiral dive into the ground. The contributing factor was that the safety netting (which had deteriorated slowly on Chris's PPG over a period of time) was removed by Chris and not replaced on the day of the accident.
Reserve had not been thrown, possibly meaning the catastrophic event happened at low altitude. Reserve was a overhead reserve.
Measurements of brake line lengths were standard on his Hadron and so were not extended as some have wrongly reported.
Low hang-point paramotors when a Pilot leans forward, the cage can move closer towards risers and with Chris removing the safety netting prior to his tragic flight, resulted in the brake toggle being caught by the propellor, with Right hand toggle entangling onto cage frame, which was impossible for the Pilot to release. Brake line was still attached to PPG frame behind pilots head when witnesses came to Pilots aid..Pilot impacted face down at high speed resulting in his death.
May Chris's death not be in Vain
I would personally like to Thank Bob Bauer , Fabian Fabbro and Matt Fox for their enormous help in the investigation.
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