Hang glider clings on for his life after pilot forgets strap

By | November 27, 2018

A first-time hang glider was forced to cling on for his life after his instructor failed to attach a safety harness.

Chris Gursky, an auto-parts dealer from Florida, was on holiday with his wife in Switzerland when he decided to see the sights from above.

After taking off from a 4,000ft mountain edge, Mr Gursky – who was filming the adventure – had to hang on for more than two minutes as the pilot tried to safely land.

He told Good Morning America: “I was just trying to stay calm, trying to hold on for dear life… I looked down once and I thought to myself ‘this is it, I’m going to fall to my death. I’m a goner.’

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Image: Mr Gursky was left with a fractured his wrist Pic: Chris Gursky/Facebook

“I just locked on and held on as long as I could.”

Mr Gursky described how he began struggling to hold on during his terrifying ordeal.

“I was losing grip with my right hand, that was holding onto a strap on the pilot’s right shoulder,” he said.

“He was trying to make a beeline to the landing field as he knew what the situation could bring.”

However, the experience did not put him off completely.

Mr Gursky 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 on to my harness and flying with one hand.

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

Mr Gursky had to have surgery on a wrist fracture he sustained during landing, but he was discharged the same day.

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