Man narrowly escapes death after hang glider pilot forgot to secure his harness

Pedro Marrero
Nov 29, 2018
06:30 A.M.
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A man who was on holiday in Switzerland took the scare of his life after the hand gliding driver forgot to fasten his harness.


Before opting to practice an extreme sport, please verify that your instructor is a responsible person, not forgetful and attentive to your safety as well as yours.

Chris Gursky, a resident of Florida, shared the distressing video of the incident on YouTube. In the images, you can see Gursky realizing that he is not properly tied just seconds after takeoff.

The clip shows Mr. Gursky during the entire journey in which he was forced to hold on to the metal bar for more than two minutes because of his pilot who forgot to hook him from the glider.


The man had to spend a few minutes clinging desperately to the glider while the pilot who controlled it tried to find a safe place to land.

ABC reports that while Mr. Gursky was clinging to the bar that held the glider's landing gear and the pilot's harness, the pilot experienced difficulty controlling the ship.


While struggling to find a safe place to land, Mr. Gursky began to lose his grip. To the greater terror of the passenger, who affirmed himself as hard as he could with both hands, the hang glider began to take more height.

Gursky's terrible experience lasted for two infinite minutes and 20 seconds. Fortunately for him, he managed to have the physical ability to survive the test.


The pair continued to gain altitude despite the best efforts of the pilot and was forced to fly over a hill hoping to reach open fields where they could land.

At this point in the clip, Mr. Gursky seems to be losing strength.

Hanging well below the landing gear of the ship, Mr. Gursky seems to be losing strength but clung desperately to the pilot's leg when the couple made their final descent. Once at a safe distance, the poor man fell to the ground and the pilot executed his landing seconds later.

Mr. Gursky said he suffered a broken fracture of the distal radius in his wrist that required surgery after the forced landing. "A titanium plate and seven screws were installed and they released me the following afternoon," he wrote.


Thanking the pilot for his quick thinking, Mr. Gursky said: "While the pilot made a critical mistake in our pre-flight configuration by not tying me to the glider, he did everything he could to get it to the ground as quickly as possible. grabbing my harness and flying with one hand. "

Anthony Allen was a certified paragliding pilot who fell to his death in Llandudno this week, even though he was an experienced professional who would not have taken any risks.


But this other man did not have so much luck. The experienced paraglider died in Llandudno and "could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time".