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First Hang Gliding Flight For Passenger Results In Fatality
AeroNewsNetwork ^ | 3 May 2012 | staff

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 instructor’s feet. Miss Godinez and her boyfriend had hired a professional instructor to take them soaring on Saturday.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hangglider
Oops, I thought you fastened the harness??
1 posted on 05/03/2012 10:47:19 AM PDT by PilotDave
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To: PilotDave

I believe she is due a partial refund.


2 posted on 05/03/2012 10:52:47 AM PDT by Autonomous User ( I guess a liberal and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.)
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To: PilotDave

I guess one could say she is a fallen woman.


3 posted on 05/03/2012 10:55:56 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: PilotDave

More info here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/29/hang-gliding-death_n_1463255.html


4 posted on 05/03/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: PilotDave

You get can’t get more hang than hanging from a shoe.


5 posted on 05/03/2012 11:01:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: PilotDave

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.


6 posted on 05/03/2012 11:01:44 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: PilotDave

As soon as she saw the warranty, she would have worried.

7 posted on 05/03/2012 11:04:35 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: PilotDave

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?


8 posted on 05/03/2012 11:27:48 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: PilotDave

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.


9 posted on 05/03/2012 11:29:01 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: Lou L

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.


10 posted on 05/03/2012 11:32:43 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: Lou L

Well, Lou L, I believe that last thing that goes through their mind...is their a$$.


11 posted on 05/03/2012 11:45:56 AM PDT by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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To: PilotDave

How do you slip out of that harness?


12 posted on 05/03/2012 11:51:38 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: PilotDave

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16220333

More info here.


13 posted on 05/03/2012 11:55:00 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Cold Heart
My second parachute jump was from a static line. I had released the harness from it's strap, which goes through the legs. Without that being secure, I fell out of my harness. No reserve, because it's attached to the rigging.

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.

14 posted on 05/03/2012 12:05:55 PM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the community…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: Lou L

best thing to do in that situation is to miss the ground


15 posted on 05/03/2012 12:07:54 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Vendome

see #14


16 posted on 05/03/2012 12:13:40 PM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the community…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: Lou L
or what other perceptions they feel?

Well, the last thing to go through their mind is probably their anal orifice.

17 posted on 05/03/2012 12:16:40 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Ignatz

I shoulda read further.


18 posted on 05/03/2012 12:18:23 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Cold Heart

Where did you hear that he jumped out of a powered paraglider?


19 posted on 05/03/2012 12:18:49 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: sportutegrl

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16220333

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.


20 posted on 05/03/2012 12:21:00 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Lou L

I recommend turning so you look up, and pondering whether that cloud more closely resembles a sheep or a horse.


21 posted on 05/03/2012 12:46:53 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Lou L

“”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.


22 posted on 05/03/2012 12:53:33 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: No Truce With Kings

That’s basically what they’re doing.

He’s been charged with obstruction of a police investigation, and is currently in lock-up.


23 posted on 05/03/2012 12:55:55 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Try tillamookheadlightherald.com


24 posted on 05/03/2012 1:47:52 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Cold Heart

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.


25 posted on 05/03/2012 2:09:26 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Lou L
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?

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.......

26 posted on 05/03/2012 2:13:40 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: Lou L
As an addendum to my last post Lou, how many times have you read the accounts of an accident victim where they say "the last thing I remember....."

And yet they survived the accident.......

27 posted on 05/03/2012 2:20:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

“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.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fall_survivors


28 posted on 05/03/2012 2:23:21 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I think they were practicing for display at a gathering of ultralights at Cannon Beach, OR


29 posted on 05/03/2012 3:09:54 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: US_MilitaryRules

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.


30 posted on 05/03/2012 4:48:45 PM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

You make some great points, and I think they sound reasonable.


31 posted on 05/03/2012 4:50:55 PM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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