First Hang Gliding Flight For Passenger Results In Fatality | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.29.14 **
** Airborne 10.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.27.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 **

Thu, May 03, 2012

First Hang Gliding Flight For Passenger Results In Fatality

Pilot Error Or Equipment Failure Suspected In Fatal Accident

A 27-year old woman on her first hang gliding trip died after slipping out of her harness shortly after takeoff from Woodside Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Lenami Godinez reportedly fell 1,000 feet after desperately trying to hang on to the instructor’s feet. Miss Godinez and her boyfriend had hired a professional instructor to take them soaring on Saturday.

Investigating authorities are blaming the loss on either pilot error or equipment failure. The victim was found seven hours after she fell with one of the instructor’s shoes discovered 60 feet away.

The Canadian Press said the instructor knew something was wrong right away after launching from the mountain. As Miss Godinez started to slip out of her harness the pilot tried to hold on to her, according to Jason Warner, a hang gliding safety expert who spoke to the pilot immediately after the accident. The pilot attempted to wrap his legs around her, but his effort proved futile. She fell to the ground about 30 seconds after launching.

According to News 1130, after the accident the pilot was described as being in a state of shock. The man was uninjured and his name was not released. Mr. Warner described the incident as “uncommon” – Miss Godinez’ death is the second high-profile hang-gliding fatality in recent months.

FMI: www.tsb.gc.ca/eng
 

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

Classic Aero-TV: ‘Have it Your Way!’ – The SPA Panther

A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Wese>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-07 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-10 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.14)

Ex-MACs This group is made of retired McDonnell Engineers, most of whom began their careers at MAC either on the F101, F3H or F4H programs.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC