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Old 27 March 2018, 08:42 PM
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It appears that, in addition to their four-point seat belts, the passengers were also wearing fall-protection harnesses with lanyards secured to the helicopter. As I read that news report, the latter were used for photo ops with the door open. The body harnesses seem to have been secured to the lanyards with screw-gate carabiners.

The scenario that situation suggests is being upside down in cold water trying to release both an unfamiliar seat harness (probably a standard quarter-turn rig, but still...) and also an unfamiliar carabiner. Somebody with experience scuba diving, rock climbing, and car racing would have aced it, but it would likely trap most others.
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