Monday, April 30, 2012

Woman Dies On First Hang Gliding Trip


A woman in British Columbia was given hang gliding lessons by her boyfriend for their anniversary. On her very first trip she plummeted 1,000 feet to her death because her instructor did not properly put her in the harness. The instructor said that as soon as they took off he knew something was wrong but could not do anything about it. Apparently her boyfriend was video recording the flight which must have been the worst thing to ever tape.

21 comments:

Aly said...

Sad.

Rose said...

This is heartbreaking. I can't understand the desire to hang glide, bungy jump, or skydive. Add to that roller coasters with drops. I hate the feeling of falling.

annabella said...

people are in denial about how dangerous these things are. even if she were strapped in properly, she could have collided with something.

I worked with someone who was a avid sky diver. her friend, also an avid skydiver, fell into a tree and was very seriously injured. to the point where I think that she might not have been able to walk again.

icarus, etc.

MaryMQC said...

Awful. Just awful. And I hate that even though it's an unspeakable tragedy, this is the risk she took. These kinds of things happen rarely, and it's so awful when they do

Megan said...

Risk or no, this is still such a tragedy. I'm sure her boyfriend blames himself as well.

Anonymous said...

I love skydiving but I'm super particular on where I'll do it. If there are any trees, buildings, towers, anything around, it's not worth the risk. I'd rather drive a long way to have a safer location for landing than do it somewhere closer and more convenient. I don't like any activities of this nature that don't involve training and a lot of information beforehand. I need to know how my equipment works and be responsible for my own harness.

It's just sad, so so sad and to get it on tape...

AbderianLaughter said...

that is awful. stories like this that erase that tiny urge inside of me to go on adventures such as bungee jumping, skydiving, etc.

My heart goes out to her boyfriend who is surely beating himself up over this.

Audrey said...

That is so sad. Counting down the hours to the lawsuit...

My boyfriend bought me a tandem skydive jump for my birthday long ago. It is something I always wanted to do and got to do it and I'm glad I did.

That said, standing in the airplane doorway seconds before jumping was one of the scariest moments of my life. And, yes, I did check my pants when I landed, and they were still dry! ;)

jax said...

actually it hasn't been decided by the Coroner if it was pilot or equipment failure.

Anothergrayhare said...

and the boyfriend stopped taping before she fell. Tragic. Definitely a lawsuit possibility but really, that doesn't bring her back.

Texshan said...

And this is why I don't do crazy dangerous things.

Sunshine13 said...

@jax

Thanks, that's what I was going to say. According to the The Globe and Mail, "RCMP couldn't say if pilot error or equipment failure were to blame."

Sunshine13 said...

@jax

Thanks, that's what I was going to say. According to the The Globe and Mail, "RCMP couldn't say if pilot error or equipment failure were to blame."

Maja With a J said...

Saw this on the news this morning *shudder*. I am so not an adrenaline junkie.

shelly said...

96 stories? That's take a good long time... not how I want to go.

Anotheramy said...

I was walking down the pier here in town watching someone take off parasailing. Then he dropped into the water and died instantly. It was horrible to watch. Same thing. A larger person had gone before him and they didnt properly tighten the harness.

Wil said...

The pilot was charged with obstruction. I think it is likely he screwed up and didn't clip her harness to the glider.

Just horrifying. I am with Rose .. I cannot stand it when I am in a car that goes down a low hill. This other stuff - rollercoasters, hang gliding, paragliding and the like - just scares the crap out of me.

Wil said...

Sorry .. should be steep hill.

Not A Ninny said...

My cousin's ex-wife used to paraglide. Her club used to have a fatality every couple of years due to catching bad thermals, etc. And I thought I did crazy things...

BrittH said...

U actually don't get that feeling skydiving

mooshki said...

Wil, is that why you live in Minnesota? The land of 10,000 lakes and 0 hills? ;)

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