By: Steve Dellar | 11-28-2018 | News
Photo credit: You tube screenshot user Gursk3

Switzerland - Investigation Shock Hang Gliding Accident US Tourist (Video)

The Swiss civil aviation authority is investigating a bizarre incident during a hang gliding flight.

On a video which is making the rounds on the internet you can see how the pilot of a hang gliding flight forgot to fasten his passenger before the start of their duo flight. As a result, the US tourist hung for more than two minutes only by his arms dozens of meters above the Swiss mountain landscape.

The passenger, American Chris Gursky, happlily placed the GoPro images of the incident on his YouTube channel yesterday.

Since then, the video has been viewed more than 4 million times. You can see how Mr Gursky (who is on his first holiday in Interlaken) and the instructor getting ready for the flight. One tiny detail though: the safety harness of the Mr Gursky is not attached to the frame of the hang glider.

After the men have run away for the start and are hanging in the air, the problem quickly becomes apparent as instead of horizontal, the passenger hangs straight down.

With one hand, he manages to hold on to the back of the instructor, with the other one he holds the metal rod of the kite.

Not much later, the unlucky tourist sinks further down. Instead of the back of his companion, the American is now stuck to his trouser leg. He hangs on for more than two minutes, tens of meters above the ground.

The instructor manages to keep the hang glider in check and lands safely on a lawn nearby. The passenger has already fallen into a field by that time.

Mr Gursky, who lives in Florida, claims to have broken his wrist during the fall. A tendon in his left arm is also torn. He showed the X-rays to a local press outlet.

"It was like in an action movie, but in real life," he claimed “The landing was hard, but I survived.”

The Swiss aviation authority now proposes to reconstruct the event and to question both the pilot and any possible other witnesses.

"Only with that information will it be possible to take any measures. The pilot knows he made a big mistake," said Mr Christian Boppart, director of the Swiss association of hang gliders. “But afterwards he solved it quite well. The first lesson is to check before the start if everything and everyone is fastened and stuck to the glider. ''

Mr Gursky does not understand why he was not secured, but he does not want to blame the pilot. "The pilot did everything he could to save me. He tried to hold me and at the same time steer with one hand."
“I will go hang gliding again, as I did not get to enjoy my first flight.”

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tab No. 91817 2018-11-28 : 14:48

why didn't the guy grab onto the bar with his right hand too? then when he let go at the ground, he should have stayed with the glider.

Anonymous No. 91826 2018-11-28 : 15:38

you know how hard it is to hang using hands & arms? Try it on a chin-up bar. Over 30 seconds and you're doing really good

Anonymous No. 91827 2018-11-28 : 15:38

ssssssssooooooooooo lucky

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