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Guy's First Hang-Gliding Flight Is 134 Terrible Seconds

Instructor forgets to attach man's harness to glider, he has to hang on
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2018 2:41 PM CST

(Newser) – The first day of a Florida man's Switzerland vacation got a bit more adventurous than he had planned when a hang-gliding ride went horrifyingly awry. Chris Gursky's instructor failed to attach his harness to the glider, so Gursky had to hold on for dear life for 2 minutes and 14 seconds at 4,000 feet in the air, Fox News reports. Meanwhile, the instructor tried to hold on to him, pilot the glider, and land as quickly and safely as possible.

Gurksy posted the video on YouTube, explaining that his rough landing caused him to fracture his wrist, requiring surgery. He also tore his left bicep tendon by hanging on for so long. He reveals at the end of his video that he plans to go hang-gliding again since he didn't get to enjoy his first flight. (See a similarly scary accident involving a skydiving Santa.)

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