Man experiences terrifying paragliding accident in Austria

Dramatic footage has emerged of a paraglider getting his chute tangled in mid-air and experiencing a terrifying free fall.

The video, captured in Kossen, Austria on June 14, shows the rider’s reserve chute getting tangled up with the glider, causing the craft to spiral rapidly downwards.

The rider can be heard screaming as he hurtles down to earth.

Fortunately, a tree softens his landing, and he falls to the ground shaken but relatively unharmed.

According to the filmer, he spent the next 6 days in hospital but no surgery was required.

  • Clink9

    Reminds me of The Right Stuff: Shut up and die like an aviator.

  • mobuyus

    I could have done without his commentary.

  • Ken

    I used to do that (paragliding), back in the 90’s. The first couple of years nobody had reserve chutes. This video reminds me to stay on the ground.

  • ntt1

    a stout chair , a glass of good sour ale , and the view down Howe sound to the south, thats about as risky as I like these days.

    • Clink9

      You’re running with scissors!

      • ntt1

        running is out of the question.. i can do do a focused saunter if required

  • Gary

    I don’t have a problem with falling…….it’s hitting the ground that i don’t like.