Passenger Hangs On For Dear Life After Hang Glider Pilot Forgets To Attach Him


There are some people who love doing one death-defying feat after another and they may find themselves jumping out of an airplane, bungee jumping or perhaps doing some hang gliding.

If you happen to fall into that category, you may want to think twice before you leave the ground.

When Chris Gursky made the decision to go hang gliding for the first time, he decided to share some footage of the adventure. He was on holiday in Switzerland when he decided to take to the sky.

He didn’t go alone, he went with an experienced pilot who would guide the aircraft. After they took off, however, he realized that something was wrong. He put it in his own words and perhaps with little humor when he said that there was an ‘unexpected twist’.

“My body weight shifted straight down and I found myself hanging on for my life,” he said.

“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 pilot’s right shoulder. He was trying to make a bee line to the landing field as he knew what the situation could bring.”

When did he notice that the pilot had forgotten to clip him into the aircraft? When he was 4000 feet in the air!

In the end, he only had one option and that was to hold onto the metal bar of the aircraft for dear life. He also grabbed hold of the harness of the pilot and he steered toward the ground as quickly as he could.

For 2 1/2 minutes, they were in the air and the pilot seemed to struggle to get it to the ground.

“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,” Gursky remembered.

“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.”

He was able to walk away on his own two feet after the accident but he still experienced some injuries. His left bicep tore when he let go of the glider as they got close to the ground. Doctors had to put his wrist back together with plates and screws.

“It beats the alternative,” Gursky joked about his injuries. He doesn’t even hold anything against the pilot who didn’t strap him in.

He refers to the mistake “a critical error,” but Gursky gave kudos to the pilot for doing “all he could to get me down to the ground as quickly as possible while grabbing onto my harness and flying with one hand.”

The experience may be one that he will cringe about but at the same time, he has a vacation memory that very few people could match.

“The landing was a rough one, but I lived to tell the story,” he said.

So is Gursky permanently grounded? Actually, he’s ready to get back up there as soon as possible.

“I will go hang gliding again as I did not enjoy my first flight,” he explained.


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