Unattached first-time hang glider literally holds on for dear life

Unattached first-time hang glider literally holds on for dear life

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Unattached first-time hang glider literally holds on for dear life

A man on vacation in Switzerland went hang gliding for the first time and wound up holding on for dear life the entire 2 1/2-minute flight after his pilot inexplicably forgot to attach him to the hang glider.

Chris Gursky, who goes by Gursk3 on YouTube, titled the near-death experience a “Swiss Mishap” and wrote, “I lived to tell the story.”

The incident occurred on the first day of his and his wife’s vacation to Switzerland.

In the video, Gursky maintains a sense of humor with his narrative subtitles, but the footage is insane and scary. At one point he’s holding on by only his left hand as he tries to find something to grab.

“WARNING Content may be disturbing to some. Including my wife,” he wrote.

“While the pilot made a critical error in our pre-flight setup 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 on to my harness and flying with one hand.”

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Gursky let go as the hang glider neared the ground in what he called a “rough” landing.

Upon hitting the ground, he suffered a fragmental distal radius fracture of his right wrist. A titanium plate and seven screws were inserted during surgery. He also tore his left bicep tendon from holding on as long as he did.

“It beats the alternative,” he wrote, adding later, “I will go hang gliding again as I did not get to enjoy my first flight.”

But you can bet he’ll make sure he’s attached next time.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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