Swiss Hang Glider Instructor Forgets To Secure Passenger

Submitted by: normalfreak2 1 month ago in Entertainment Misc Weird


"Sharing the footage, Chris wrote: “My first time Hang Gliding turned into a near-death experience as my safety harness was never hooked to the Glider.
“For 2 Min. 14 seconds I had to hang on for my life!
“The landing was a rough one, but I lived to tell the story.”
The first-time hang glider is seen gripping the metal bar with his left hand while holding onto the instructor’s back with his right as they fly over trees and fields.
For a few terrifying moments Chris, from Florida, appears to lose his grip on the metal bar.
Photographer Chris said he tore his left bicep tendon and had to have surgery on his wrist after taking off, according to reports.

For more than two minutes, Chris hung on for his life. In the clip the pilot can be seen desperately trying to steer as Chris tries to grab hold of him.
He tries to grab his passenger to safety as Chris holds on with just his left arm.
He wrote on Facebook: “My body weight shifted straight down and I found myself hanging on for my life.
“I ended up holding on bar with the left hand and the lower part of his leg with the right when we were nearing the ground. I looked down to see my feet hit first, which ripped me off at about 45 mph (72km/h) as it was a hot landing and I was under the landing gear.
“I would guesstimate the total flight time was about 5 minutes. When I sat up I knew something was wrong and saw that my wrist was broken.”
As the pair land, Chris has a hold of the pilot’s trouser leg before he is close enough to the ground to let go.

src news.com.au
There are 14 comments:
Male 55
I've had that exact nightmare!
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I would hope his "instructor" status is no longer valid.
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Male 682
Real "hang" gliding.
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Male 10,075
Beaverfever This made me burst out laughing. Good job, Mr. Beaver.  :)
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Male 46,097
So good I watched it again.
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Male 13,505
That was not boring!
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Male 967
Thanks for the disclaimer about nobody dying.
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Male 46,097
This is a perfectly valid reason to poo one's pants and no one can laugh at you for it.
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Male 46,097
Best vacation story EVER!  And video to prove it.
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Male 9,626
One assumes the Swiss are competent. Without that what do they have? Scenery, fondue, chocolate and a fondness for Nazi gold.
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Male 13,432
LordJim in fairness to the Swiss, if you melt down nazi gold it just becomes gold. I think you are forgetting the two things the Swiss do best, clocks and pocket knives.
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Male 9,626
holygod On reflection, you might want to check out Norwegian pocket knives.
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Male 2,345
LordJim "check out Norwegian pocket knives."
And if you like Swiss Emmenthaler cheese, try Norwegian Jarlsberg.
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Male 9,626
holygod To be fair, I do have both of those. My dad's old Rotary and a basic knife.

It's the Scout model. And it is not true that it has a blade specifically for removing stones from horses hooves. That's a myth. Although it could be done, if you kept your nerve.
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