His Hang Glider Shattered Mid Flight... What Happened Next Was Unbelievable

His Hang Glider Shattered Mid Flight... What Happened Next Was Unbelievable

This hang glider’s flight came very close to costing him a lot… When he was doing acrobatics in the air, Jon Gjerde’s hang glider suddenly shattered! Those few moments while he was falling must have seemed endless to him…

Extreme sports aren’t always so safe! Unexpected things can always happen which could lead to catastrophe… That’s why, the athletes who practice these activities have to always be on high alert and need to have good reflexes in case anything does happen! The proof is in the footage above…

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On 26th June during the Ekstremsportveko in Voss, Norway, the athlete Jon Gjerde was doing acrobatics and tricks with a hang glider in the air. All of a sudden, the engine shattered while he was meters high in the air, leading the man to a deadly fall!

Images from on the craft

The hang glider was equipped with a camera that recorded the situation perfectly. We can see Jon Gjerde in front of the camera, calmly doing his tricks in the air when all of a sudden, a deafening noise can be heard, and everything seems to fall off and smash into pieces. The engine starts to spin around him and we can hear the wind whipping through the torn-up sails… Partially within range of the camera, we can see Gjerde on the screen from time to time.

Good reflexes

At a few meters away from the water, he managed to deploy his parachute, so his crash was softened… He was then able to land in the water at a reasonable speed, meaning he wasn’t in any immediate danger. We bet this Norwegian hang-gliding champion will be a lot more careful in the future!

• Anna Wilkins
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