"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.