Man, that was a bit of a cock-up, had to review the whole thing to understand what was going on. Amazing that the "passenger" was able to hang on for so long, he REALLY wanted to live, and good on him!
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Is it normal for that class of aircraft to be fitted out as a "two-seater"? As both the pilot's as well as the passenger's harness would seem to be intended to hang from the same suspension point, side by side, you would think that the non-pilot person would have to try and co-operate with the pilot on all manoeuvres, which cannot really have been an ideal arrangement. As both are "hanging together" but only one is the designated pilot (or are both designated pilots?) it still seems a rather clumsy set-up, but I guess it must work in practise (so long as they both check on the completeness of their pre-flight!) Perhaps there is something about the overhead suspension apparatus that is not obvious in the video. David D