When you’re jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft I’ll bet your afraid that your chute won’t open, but do you ever consider, even for a second that your death might occur because a vulture decided it had nothing better to do that get tangle in your parachute?
Fortunately in this video, both skydiver and bird survive.
A Russian paraglider’s first Himalayan flight could well have been his last after he collided with a griffon vulture mid-air and his canopy became tangled. Luckily, he managed to open the emergency parachute and land safely. But what about the bird? Paravoffka – the nickname of the survivor in the paragliding community – gained control of the deadly situation, which saved not only his life, but that of the bird as well. The fact that the sportsman landed without any trauma was a real miracle, as landing with an emergency parachute is highly dangerous – one can get hit against rocks or fall on to a tree.
Oddly enough most news outlets seem to be reporting what a ‘tragedy’ this is. Personally I can’t imagine a better way to go than doing what you love.
An elderly man who lost his life on a birthday skydive this morning “died with a smile on his face”, investigators say.
The Surfers Paradise man had treated himself to the tandem thrill experience to celebrate his 70th birthday but lost consciousness shortly after leaping out of the two-seater plane, 10,000 feet above the Gold Coast.
He died on North Kirra Beach in front of his family – who had gathered to watch him jump – after attempts to revive him failed.
Police said it was likely the man had passed away as a result of a heart attack, but industry regulator the Parachuting Federation of Australia is investigating and is due to prepare a report.
National Director of Safety Paul Osborne said the man had filled in a medical declaration form which did not detail any pre-existing health complaints and he was cleared fit to jump.
The man, who was born in New Zealand, had embarked on the tandem skydive with Gold Coast Skydive’s chief instructor Robbie McMillan at 10am following 10 minutes of instruction.
“It wasn’t a foreseen thing. He just slowly lost consciousness under canopy [after the parachute had opened],” Mr Osborne said.
“By all accounts, he seemed to be very happy with the jump. He was enjoying himself and had a big smile on his face.”