A TERRIFYING footage shows how a fun activity turned into a near-death experience as a first-time hang glider had to cling on for dear life during the flight after the pilot didn’t strap him in.
The blood-chilling video was shared by Chris Gursky, an American YouTuber, who on his first day of holidays in Switzerland decided to go hang-gliding. However, what was supposed to be a nice break took an unexpected twist when the pilot apparently forgot to attach him to the craft. The photographer and auto-parts manager was then left “hanging for his life” for two minutes and 14 seconds, as showed in the video hilariously named “Swiss Mishap” he published on his channel.
Mr Gursky and the pilot took off from a 4,000ft mountain edge to enjoy the stunning view – but within seconds they realised Mr Gursky was not strapped in.
Showing unimaginable strength, the YouTuber held onto the pilot’s back with one hand and the craft’s metal bar with the other, while his flight companion tried to bring them down as soon as possible.
Mr Gursky said: “My body weight shifted straight down and I found myself hanging on for my life.
“I remember looking down and thinking, this is it.
“I was losing grip with my right hand, that was holding onto a strap on the pilot’s right shoulder.
“He was trying to make a bee line to the landing field as he knew what the situation could bring.
“My left hand was on the cross bar that was ultimately the landing gear, with a wheel on each side.
“As we were going down for a hot landing I was slowly losing my grip with my right hand as I was swinging in the wind with the glider.”
The distressing footage shows the pair gliding over trees and fields while the pilot tries to help the passenger by grabbing onto his checked shirt.
Despite Mr Gursky lightening his video putting light commentary and jokes over the visuals, the footage clearly reveals how they escaped tragedy by the skin of their teeth.
The YouTuber added: “The pilot grabbed my hand, but like in the movies it was a slow motion slipping of the grip until my right hand slipped off and I grabbed another strap on his left side for a bit but this slipped off also.
“I ended up holding on bar with the left hand and the lower part of his leg with the right when we were nearing the ground.”
The pilot eventually managed to get close enough to the ground to allow Mr Gursky to let go of him.
The speed and the impact broke his right wrist, and he torn his bicep tendon from holding on.
However, he said, the pain he felt “beats the alternative”.
Despite the mistake made by the pilot, Mr Gursky said he does not have hard feelings against him.
He said: “While the pilot made a critical error in our pre-flight set up by not attaching me to the glider, he did all he could to get me down to the ground as quickly as possible while grabbing onto my harness and flying with one hand.
“I will go hang gliding again as I did not enjoy my first flight.”