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Video shows man hanging on for his life, after Swiss glider pilot forgets to strap him in

  • US man Chris Gursky’s wild ride saw him dangling hundreds of metres above the Swiss scenery, sometimes by one hand
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 6:53am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 7:30am

A Florida man spent his first hang-gliding ride dangling precariously from a control bar and the pilot’s leg after the pilot forgot to strap him in.

North Port resident Chris Gursky posted a GoPro video of the wild ride in Switzerland on his YouTube account Monday. It has been viewed more than 2.8 million times.

The video shows the trouble began immediately after take-off when Gursky realised he wasn’t attached to the craft.

He ended up holding the control bar with his left hand and the pilot with his right hand for most of the two-minute-and-14-second flight. The pilot held Gursky’s harness with his left hand while steering with his right.

At one stage Gursky was hanging on by one hand.

“Content may be disturbing to some. Including my wife,” Gursky captioned the video.

The glider was at times hundreds of metres from the ground as it travelled from the top of a mountain. Gursky fractured his right wrist upon landing, The Orlando Sentinel reported.