Hang Glider's First Flight Is 2+ Minutes Of Terror After He Realizes He's Not Attached To The Glider

November 27, 2018

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This is a video from the Swiss Alps of Youtuber Gursk3's first (and apparently not last! This man lives for danger) hang gliding experience, which consists of him hanging on for dear life (literally for once) from the control bar and the back and leg of the 'professional' pilot (that let him take off untethered) for two minutes and fourteen seconds until the pilot can finally make a safe landing. That must have been terrifying. No word if Gursk3 had to pay extra for the Very Near Death Experience package, or if that was already included in the pilot's Safety Checklist, Shmafty Checklist bundle.

Keep going for the harrowing video. My palms are gonna be clammy all day now. Also, where's the footage from the front-mounted camera? I need to see that too.

Thanks to Richard, who had the feeling there was going to be at least one late contender showing up for 2018's Most Intense Video Competition.

  • Douchy McDouche

    I know I'm supposed to be concerned about the dangling man's life but holy shit that strap in the pilot's groin with a dude hanging on his leg had me in cold sweat.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I always wanted to go hang-gliding.

  • Tomek Iwainski

    why didn't he try to grab the harness and attach the clip to the bar, at least it would have given some support..

  • The_Wretched

    I've been wanting to go hang gliding.

  • Sky Overdrive

    This guy is a badass. He was basically holding on with one hand most of the flight. I wouldn't trust anything touching that worthless pilot, for all this guy knew the pilot wasn't attached properly either.

  • Michael Knight

    start recording on go pro ... check
    hang glider... check
    safety helmet... check
    harness.. check
    safety harness attached....
    shitting pants ... check

  • Tigerh8r

    I'm not a hang glider so I'm sure there's a logical explanation, but watching the video it looks like the pilot could have kept it at a lower altitude and landed sooner near those first houses ... I'm guessing the wind blew him off course?

  • Konstantin

    They usually take off against the wind, and wind hitting the slope generates an updraft. You tend to start generating altitude pretty much immediately, and it's hard to bleed off, especially with limited control this situation forced, until you are clear of the hill and over the flats. Hence the pilot making a straight line for the field. I don't think there was anything he could have done differently. So as much as he failed as an instructor, he managed situation well as a pilot.

  • Ivanna Pewpalott

    anyone who doesnt check their own shit deserves the darwin award theyll earn

  • Andyman7714

    Um...seems like the guy should have known he wasn't attached. Foolish on both parts.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    You can tell the guy is glad to be alive just by the added commentary. It was hilarious, critical error indeed!

  • Closet Nerd

    Mundane details.... strapping in

  • jrose

    Anyone want to guess the amount of the settlement? Gursky's American, he probably lawyered up the moment he hit the ground.

  • unimate

    "...Youtuber Gursk3's first (and last) hang gliding experience..."

    Somebody didn't pay attention to the video.

  • Geekologie

    woops, I misread it as 'I will not go hang gliding again because I did not enjoy my first flight'

  • digidude

    They could have tracked my flight path by following the stream of bowel release I would have been leaving behind.

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