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Paramotor Mid-air Collision and Crash Landing

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Published on Jun 2, 2012

In January 2012 a regular paramotor flight took a potentially disastrous turn when two paramotors collided in mid air at around 1,000ft above ground level. One pilot became tangled in the lines and the paraglider of the other pilot hampering the deployment of the parachute until it was too late to be effective. The second pilot managed to deploy his emergency parachute which carried the weight of both pilots ultimately saving their both of their lives. It takes 30 seconds for both to get to ground level miraculously landing on clear all be it frozen ground. With both pilots landing under a single reserve parachute the vertical speed was 2,000ft/minute as the first pilot crash landed.

For all those paramotor and paraglider pilots that choose not to wear a reserve chute, please reconsider as without one, we wouldn't be around. The pilots concerned clocked up around 200 successful flights prior to this accident.

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