Man left dangling from hang glider at 4,000 ft above ground after pilot forgets to attach him to the craft
Chris Gursky was on a vacation in Switzerland when the incident took place and suffered a distal radius fracture which required surgery
A man has shared his first hang gliding experience that went horribly wrong and was captured on video. The man who decided to try the thrilling activity was forced to cling onto a metal bar hundreds of feet in the air for more than two minutes after his pilot accidentally forgot to hook him to the glider.
The scary incident was captured on video and showed Chris Gursky's first hang gliding experience. Chris was on a vacation in Switzerland when the terrifying incident took place and the YouTuber shared the footage to his page. The fun activity started off like any other and then quickly turned into a "near-death experience." The auto-parts manager and photographer had to cling for his dear life during the video which was later aptly named 'Swiss Mishap'.
Gursky and the pilot took off from a 4,000 ft mountain edge following which Chris had to hang on for around two minutes and 14 seconds while the pilot did his best to steer with one hand and hold onto him with the other as he tried to get them to safety.
The pilot only realized that Chris was not attached to the flying device once they had taken off.
In the video, Chris can be seen sporting a checked shirt and a white helmet and is seen tightly gripping the metal bar with his left hand and holding onto the instructor with his right hand as the pair fly over fields and trees. The pilot is seen doing his best to try and land the glider but struggles to control it with Chris dangling on one side of the control bar. As they fly over trees, the glider catches wind and goes even higher for a while.
As the pair makes their descent, Chris is forced to hold on to the pilot's leg as his left hand starts to lose grip on the metal bar. As he gets close enough to the ground, he lets go and, as a result, suffers a distal radius fracture.
He also tore his left bicep tendon as a result of holding onto the metal bar for a long time. The pilot is seen landing the glider later using the proper procedure on the field.
As reported by DailyMail, Chris shared, "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 pilot's right shoulder. He was trying to make a beeline 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," he continued.
"I ended up holding on bar with the left hand and the lower part of his leg with the right when we were 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," he added.
"I would guesstimate the total flight time was about 5 minutes. When I sat up I knew something was wrong and saw that my wrist was broken. For two minutes and 14 seconds I had to hang on for my life! The landing was a rough one, but I lived to tell the story. Upon impact, my right wrist suffered a distal radius fracture, which required surgery. A titanium plate and seven screws were installed and I was released the following afternoon. I also tore my left bicep tendon from holding on for so long. It beats the alternative," he continued.
Even though, he went through a horrifying ordeal, Chris revealed that he would be more than willing to try hang gliding again and said, "While the pilot made a critical error in our pre-flight set up by not attaching me to the glider, he did all he could to get me down to the ground as quickly as possible while grabbing onto my harness and flying with one hand. I will go hang gliding again as I did not enjoy my first flight."