#TerrorInTheSkies: Man Beats Death & Survives Hang-Glider Hell


So you want to go hang-gliding?

That's all Chris Gurksy wanted.

So, when he was in Switzerland, he pulled the trigger and paid for the experience.

What he didn't know was that he was paying for a near death experience.

“For 2 Min. 14 seconds I had to hang on for my life!"

The pilot never secured Chris to the glider, so as soon as they took off from 4,000 feet, the only thing keeping Chris attached was his own grip.

“I remember looking down and thinking, this is it. I was losing grip with my right hand, that was holding onto a strap on the pilot’s right shoulder. The pilot grabbed my hand, but like in the movies, it was a slow motion slipping of the grip until my right hand slipped off and I grabbed another strap on his left side for a bit but this slipped off also.”

The pilot tried to find an emergency landing spot early on, but wasn't able to put the glider down successfully.

Finally, after hanging from the glider for over 2 minutes, the glider was close enough to the ground for Chris to let go and drop to solid ground. 

“The landing was a rough one, but I lived to tell the story.”

Chris ended up with a torn left bicep tendon and needed surgery on his fractured right wrist.

Read the full story at New York Post


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