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    Co-Pilot Wexfordair's Avatar
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    hang glider not strapped in!

    Takes a lot to get my hands sweating but this sure did!

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    From P P Ru Ne:
    >Passenger's original write-up, before it disappeared from the www:

    "Chris Gursky
    October 23
    So...Here is the story behind the photo. Vacation in Switzerland started with Hang Gliding. Something we both wanted to do...this was a tandem flight each with their own pilot. Cut to the mountain... the pilots had us step into our harnesses followed by sticking our arms and head through and getting them adjusted. Then we practiced our take off run, which was 6 to 8 steps. Pretty much run till your feet leave the ground.
    Gail and her pilot took off first....looked cool as hell. Then my pilot and I lined up for take-off. We waited a bit for the updraft to pick up and then we ran till we left the side of the 4000 ft mountain edge. I was expecting to level out above the pilot as we went, but quickly discovered that my harness was not attached to the hang glider or anything else....
    My body weight shifted straight down and I found myself hanging on for my life. I remember looking down and thinking, this is it. I was losing grip with my right hand, that was holding onto a strap on the pilots right shoulder. He was trying to make a bee line to the landing field as he knew what the situation could bring. My left hand was on the cross bar that was ultimately the landing gear, with a wheel on each side. As we were going down for a hot landing I was slowly losing my grip with my right hand as I was swinging in the wind with the glider. The pilot grabbed my hand, but like in the movies it was a slow motion slipping of the grip until my right hand slipped off and I grabbed another strap on his left side for a bit but this slipped off also. I ended up holding on bar with the left hand and the lower part if his leg with the right when we here nearing the ground. I looked down to see my feet hit first, which ripped me off at about 45 mph 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 an saw that my wrist was broken. The pilot rushed over, helped me up and walked me off of the gun range (true). Then I had to climb under two electric fences to get to a road, where they had someone picking us up to go to the ER.
    11:30 pm surgery ended at 3:30 am. Left the hospital by 2:00 that afternoon. No cast ,but a wrap and a brace for 6 weeks.
    Glad I am still here to tell the story.
    Gail's flight was awesome and she will share the pics when she is ready.
    Still can't cross Hang Gliding off the bucket list till I finish a successful flight! ......maybe Norway...?"

    I'm not entirely convinced it wasn't a set-up. Not saying it definitely was.........just not entirely convinced. Too well recorded, too calm, too neat except for the dramatic non-standard landing.
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place" - G.B.S.

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    That's the stuff of nightmares... full PPRune discussion [here]

    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..
    and now a Tai Chi instructor

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    I was sent the video over the weekend as a Whatsapp message. Scary scary stuff. 8 million hits on youtube, in 1 week, wow. Glad that man survived to tell the tale.

    Pilots are just Plane people with a special Air about them.

    G-BZJO Quantum 503 Flexwing only Jockey now.

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