Rescue operation – student pilot landed in a tree ten meters high


Rescue workers at height had to bring a failed flight maneuver in Ternberg to a successful conclusion. The paragliding student took a wrong turn and got stuck in a tree ten meters above the ground.

The 22-year-old flight student started in Ternberg shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday from the western starting point of the 825-meter-high Brandkogel for the third altitude flight of her training. The assistant flight instructor was in the take-off area. The flight instructor remained in the landing area. All three were always connected by radio.

Rescued from trees unharmed
After takeoff, the assistant flight instructor instructed her to fly clockwise around the Brandkogel and then fly towards the landing site in the Bäckengraben. Once the flight instructor had visual contact with the student, he would have taken over the instructions. But the 22-year-old got too close to the trees on the right turn and ended up in a treetop about 10 meters above the ground.

She was brought down unharmed by rescuers. According to her statements, she may have carried out the assistant flight instructor’s instruction too early; she also thinks she caught a gust of wind that pushed her even closer to the trees.

Source: Krone


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