May 2020

Supair Strike Harness Failure

On March 22, 2020 a paraglider pilot flying at Mt Tamborine in southern Queensland,
suffered a failure of his Supair Strike harness when the right hand carabiner loop failed. The
pilot was able to deploy his reserve and completed a successful descent under parachute
without injury.

The harness was sent to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) for examination. The
Dyneema carabiner loop was found to have failed at a stitching point where the loop was
attached with a secondary Dyneema strap. The ATSB point out that ‘this does not mean that
the stitching was inappropriate or done improperly’.

The SAFA recommends that all owners of Supair Strike harnesses have their harnesses
examined with particular attention paid to the stitching point of the carabiner loops.

A copy of the ATSB report can be downloaded here.