Skip to comments.First Hang Gliding Flight For Passenger Results In Fatality
Posted on 05/03/2012 10:47:08 AM PDT by PilotDave
A 27-year old woman on her first hang gliding trip died after slipping out of her harness shortly after takeoff from Woodside Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Lenami Godinez reportedly fell 1,000 feet after desperately trying to hang on to the instructors feet. Miss Godinez and her boyfriend had hired a professional instructor to take them soaring on Saturday.
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I believe she is due a partial refund.
I guess one could say she is a fallen woman.
You get can’t get more hang than hanging from a shoe.
April 28th, Tillamook, Experienced sky diver, Matt A. Gold from salt Lake City, fell to his death when his parachute failed to deploy. Jumped from a paramotor at 1500ft.
As soon as she saw the warranty, she would have worried.
Dying from a fall like that has to be one of the worst ways to die, assuming that you’re actually conscious while falling. To know that near-certain death is imminent, with few ways to avoid it, and to watch as the ground rises to meet your speeding body...does anyone know if people black out under such circumstances, or what other perceptions they feel?
The tandem pilot will never live this down, and will probably be sued into oblivion. But, it was his fault, he apparently did not pre flight her harness to make sure her legs were in the loops.
I have heard of tandem skydiving passengers also falling out of their harness. What a horrible way to go.
They do not black out, it is terror all the way to death.
At least with a skydiver who has a malfunctioning parachute they are busy trying to remedy the situation.
Well, Lou L, I believe that last thing that goes through their mind...is their a$$.
How do you slip out of that harness?
More info here.
At opening shock, I felt the harness begin to slide away in one one thousandth of a second. I reflexedly extended my arms, catching ahold of the loop of rigging which normally encircles my legs. As the enormity of what just about killing me, I wasn't ready to land on the ground. My right ankle was just slightly inclined to midline. It snapped and broke. However, I consider my broken ankle an example of divine mercy to this very day.
best thing to do in that situation is to miss the ground
Well, the last thing to go through their mind is probably their anal orifice.
I shoulda read further.
Where did you hear that he jumped out of a powered paraglider?
More info here.”
I went to the link. The first line in the article reads:
“A hang-gliding instructor is accused of swallowing a memory card that may have recorded the lead-up to the moment a woman slipped to her death.”
Hmmm. My thought is to put him is a cell with a bucket for a toilet until it re-emerges. Feed him lots of fiber and this too shall pass.
I recommend turning so you look up, and pondering whether that cloud more closely resembles a sheep or a horse.
“”does anyone know if people black out under such circumstances, or what other perceptions they feel?””
Come on! They would have to come back from the dead to tell you! Has there ever been someone that has come back to life from falling to their death? Not that I know of.
That’s basically what they’re doing.
He’s been charged with obstruction of a police investigation, and is currently in lock-up.
I don’t normally read it but I’ll take a look. Thanks!
One question that does come to mind is this. Why did he where a birdman/squirrel skydiving suit for a jump that was only 1500 feet above the ground? I guess if he wanted only a three to five second free fall then more power to him.
It's a tough question to answer because you have no one who has ever survived the ultimate death that can answer it.
I have my own thoughts tho, I believe the body and brain go beyond the immediate fear and knowledge of the impending death and enter into a non feeling stasis where the brain immediately shuts everything down in preparation of the coming trauma which will liklely result in death.
I'm not arguing anything, I'm just offering an opinion so keep the flames away from me.......
And yet they survived the accident.......
“Has there ever been someone that has come back to life from falling to their death? Not that I know of.”
I don’t know about that, but there have been several people who have survived a freefall to earth from thousands of feet without a parachute. It’s extremely rare, but it has happened.
I think they were practicing for display at a gathering of ultralights at Cannon Beach, OR
Actually, I thought I read once where a skydiver landed in a bog, or one the side of a hill, and survived. Naturally, they didn’t get into the emotions on the way down.
You make some great points, and I think they sound reasonable.