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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:55 pm

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The Indian Open 2018 was cancelled again for Nov 3 - the final day - due to rain or maybe a cloud. The three leaders were bumped off the podium by the oxen. The podium then collapsed.

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The contest website https://airtribune.com/indian-open-2018/info also appears to have collapsed at this hour. Perhaps it will re-inflate.

This pre-Worlds qualifier, held on the world's most magnificent mountain range, racked up an astounding 136 total miles and was declared a success by the authorities, reporting no more fatalities after Ng Kok Choong and Sanjay Devarkonda were killed just befor the beginning of the event.

For hang glider pilots like me, who judge the quality of the thermal activity by the paraglider body count, it is a shame to see the world's bloodiest sport dumbed down to a level of enforced safety by nanny tasks designed by the Army to save helicopter fuel.

Look, folks, paragliders have hardly any pitch control. They cannot escape strong lift. The faster they go, the more likely they are to have a frontal collapse. They ball up in turbulence and fall out of the sky. Their lines entangle with their wingtips and they enter deadly spiral dives. They cannot withstand negative loading. If the winds pick up, they land backwards and get dragged.

What's this BS about making paragliding contests safe?
They already think those silly harnesses offer protection.
They won't listen to anybody.
They can't count how many friends are missing.
Let 'em go!
Let them prove to the world what paragliding really is.
I got my tally card out with an extra pencil.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:12 pm

Skiing        November 4, 2018        PG Fatality #1,753
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A huge shock rippled through the Skiing world as word spread this weekend that Gian-Luca Barandun, the up-and-coming "Swiss hope" of speed skiing, had crashed and died in a paragliding accident in Switzerland. Barandun had recently taken up deadly paragliding. He was under instruction for how not to crash in a spiral maneuver when he crashed in a spiral maneuver, dying on impact.

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                                                                        Goodbye
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:17 pm

Paragliding         November 15, 2018

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Highly experienced commercial joyrider flying solo dies in collapse encountering perfectly normal summertime atmospheric turbulence at landing.
PG fatality # 1755 by my incomplete count.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:18 pm

Paragliding        November 16, 2018
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Apparently, a terrible fate now awaits French soaring parachutists    [via Google Translate]
A paraglider victim of a fall
https://www.ledauphine.com/isere-sud/2018/11/16/un-parapentiste-victime-d-une-chute
A 63-year-old paraglider fell on Thursday at 3 pm on the Cornafion plateau in the Vercors and hit a small tree.
Suffering from chest pain, he was rescued by the gendarmes of the high mountain platoon of Isère and a doctor of Samu 38 before being transported by the Civil Security helicopter to Michallon Hospital in Grenoble - La Tronche where he was admitted to the decocking service.      :o :shock:     
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:08 am

Paragliding        November 7, 2018
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A soaring parachutist takes off on a cross country tandem flight with his friend.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:14 am

Hang gliding        November 4, 2018

The police had to use bullhorns to clear the idiot paragliders away from the scene of the accident so the rescue helicopter could approach.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:10 am

Paragliding        November 22, 2018
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PG fatility #1,756 by my incomplete count
Image    Shhh, it's Darwinian. But don't tell them. It only makes them mad.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:00 pm

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:22 pm

Paragliding Joyriding        November 25, 2018        PG Fatality # 1,757
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A Kalimpong resident claimed on Sunday that he had seen the ill-fated paraglider split into two in mid-air when the pilot was performing a stunt.
The claim is contrary to the Kalimpong Paragliding Association’s version that the aircraft had brushed against a tree because of a sudden strong gust before plummeting about 40ft down onto a concrete rooftop on Saturday afternoon.
A boy also said on Sunday that he had seen the paraglider tear into two in the sky before the crash.
The pilot, Purosttam Timsina, died in the crash, while the accompanying tourist, Gaurav Chaudhury, 35, suffered injuries to the legs and hand.
Timsina, 22, was a resident of Pokhara in Nepal. Chaudhury belongs to Patna.
The association stuck to its version on Sunday and said it was “impossible” for the paraglider to disintegrate in mid-air and said the operators were ready for any investigation by experts.
Bipan Pradhan, a resident of the Dr Graham’s Homes area in Kalimpong, said: “It was around 2.30pm yesterday afternoon. The pilot was trying a stunt when the paraglider tore into two pieces. A part of it got entangled in a tree, while the other portion, including the pilot (and the tourist), fell on the rooftop (of a concrete house).”
The crash occurred near the Dr Graham’s Homes area.
A boy who identified himself as Anish Saha, too, had a similar version. “The aircraft tore into two pieces and spiralled down. The two parts went in different directions.”
Bipen Tamang, the spokesman for the paragliders’ association, had said on Saturday that the pilot was trying to control the flying machine when a strong wind dragged it away from the landing spot. He said the sail had slammed into a tree and the aircraft plunged 40ft down.
Told about the eyewitnesses’ accounts, Tamang said: “What I had said was based on the report I had received from the ground level. I tell you it is impossible for the paraglider to tear into two pieces in mid-air.”
“We are ready for any investigation by experts,” he added.
Asked if an additional parachute was attached to a pilot, Tamang said: “This is not possible in our region as we do not fly very high. If the altitude is very high, parachutes are attached to pilots at other places.”
https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/west-bengal/kalimpong-paraglider-split-in-mid-air/cid/1676570

Too "low" for a reserve - a tandem flight from the Delo Hills, where the accident happened:

Golly, it's impossible:         :o
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