Five injured in Red Bull flying competition in Hong Kong

Woman faints as human-powered craft plunges into sea; others suffer minor injuries, including cuts and mild concussion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 November, 2016, 5:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 November, 2016, 2:43pm

Five people were injured, one seriously, as they tried to fly under their own power at Kai Tak.

A female contestant at the Red Bull Flugtag fainted on Sunday after her “Flying Lobster” aircraft ditched in Victoria Harbour. She was unconscious for about a minute and taken to United Christian Hospital for treatment.

The other four competitors suffered slight injuries, including cuts and mild concussion.

The Flugtag – German for “flight day” – attracted a top flight of aerial daredevils who designed, built and piloted their machines at a park on the site of the city’s former airport.

Team Blankspace, comprising three ground crew and a pilot, finished highest, covering a distance of 15 metres.

There were nearly 300 applications for the event, but only 41 made the final cut in craft featuring cartoon characters, food, local culture, transport and social issues.