Paraglider, Pet Rescued From Tree After Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

 

** Airborne 07.30.14/Oshkosh Day 3! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.30.14/Oshkosh Day 3 **
** Airborne 07.29.14/Oshkosh Day 2! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.29.14/Oshkosh Day 2 **
** Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1 **

Mon, Mar 03, 2008

Paraglider, Pet Rescued From Tree After Accident

High-Flying Chihuahua, Owner Spent Five Hours In Branches

An Australian paraglider who likes flying with his pet chihuahua found himself stuck in a tree more than 100 feet above the ground Friday...  with his dog... after a flight gone wrong.

42-year-old Paul Hansen set out on the flight near Melbourne about 5:00 pm local time Friday, carrying four-year-old Emma strapped to his chest. Fortunately, Hansen was also carrying a UHF two-way radio and a mobile phone.

When he hit in the tree shortly after takeoff, he secured Emma, then tried to call for help on the radio. But as Hansen told Melbourne's Sunday Age newspaper, "I couldn't get anyone on the radio. All I could hear was chatter about the cricket and people were talking about their Friday night, but no one could hear me."

Hansen had better luck text-messaging friends, who called police with his position report. A police helicopter crew then made contact on the UHF radio as they approached his position.

Hansen's rescue took over five hours to complete. He said his situation was becoming pretty painful, because the heavy dose of morphine he'd taken before the flight -- to deal with the pain from his ongoing bout with cancer -- had worn off.

"I normally don't take anything with me if I'm going flying, but by the time I was hanging up there well into the evening it was getting pretty painful," he said.

Hansen said his main concern, however, was for his loyal chihuahua... who slipped out of her harness during the accident.

"It took me nearly an hour to put it back on her because of the precarious way we were perched," Hansen said. "She knew that we were in danger, but she didn't panic or anything.

"She always flies with me. She loves it. I wouldn't take her if she didn't like it," he added. "She goes everywhere with me, so she's used to being in some pretty radical situations. She's a pretty awesome little chihuahua."

Hansen told reporters he's considering selling his paraglider and donating the proceeds to volunteer emergency service workers.

FMI: www.paragliding.net

Advertisement

More News

ICON Aircraft Constructs And Flies First Production A5

ESN-1 Was Built From The Production Design, Tooling After years of waiting... and doubting... ICON Aircraft has unveiled what it says is the first production A5, an aircraft the co>[...]

Airborne 07.30.14: WomenVenture 2014, Skycraft Update, IMC Club Award

Also: AvNav EFB, Lockheed Martin, One Week Wonder Update, Pelton Intvw-Part3 It was hard to miss the energy, enthusiasm, and interest in aviation by hundreds of women celebrating a>[...]

EAA Holds Annual Meeting

Membership Feels Flight Path Still On The Center Line EAA held its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, at 08:30 on 30 July 2014 at Oshkosh, WI. in the Theater of the Woods. In >[...]

Historic OSH2014 Sponsor: Bendix-King by Honeywell

OSH2014 Sponsor: Bendix-King by Honeywell The history of the Bendix name runs parallel to the development of King Radio until the mid-1980s, when the Allied Corporation purchased B>[...]

Life-Saving OSH2014 Sponsor: BRS Parachutes

BRS Parachutes: Defining Aviation Safety It's a simple idea, really. A parachute which will, when deployed, turn what could be a very bad situation into one in which not only the o>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

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