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Pilot forgets to strap in first-time hang glider in this heart-stopping footage

By Jayden Louise on November 27th, 2018 / Views
Terrifying footage shows first time hang glider hang on for dear life as pilot struggles to land, after forgetting to attach student to the glider.

YouTuber Chris Gursky was enjoying his first day on holiday in Switzerland, when he decided to try hang gliding but the fun activity soon turned into something more dangerous. After takeoff Mr Gursky and pilot very quickly became aware that his harness isn’t hooked on to the glider as he struggles to find something to hold onto.

The pilot struggles to keep control of the glider as he steers one-handed while trying to keep a hold on Mr Gursky. He desperately tries to navigate them down the 1200m mountain failing his first landing attempt he takes them higher over woodland. The pilot manages to regain control as Mr Gursky clings on to his leg and crossbar. Mr Gursky loses his grip right before their 45mph landing.

After hanging on in the air for over 2 minutes the landing was rough but he escaped with a broken wrist and tore his bicep. Mr Gurskey said on Facebook “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. The landing was a rough one but I lived to tell the story.”

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