Saturday, July 21, 2012

Man seriously injured in hang-gliding accident

Hang glider collides with power lines in the Golan 

Initial investigation suggests gust of wind swept glider, causing it to collide into electric cables; man evacuated to hospital by helicopter

A 30-year-old man crashed into electric cables while hang-gliding in south Golan Heights on Saturday.

 He suffered serious injuries including burns and fractures as a result of his fall and because he was electrocuted while crashing into the electric cables. Rescue services transported the man by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

 An initial investigation into the incident suggests that the glider was swept by a gust of wind, causing it to collide into electric cables.

 Magen David Adom spokesperson Zaki Heller said "the man suffers from many fractures in his limbs and burns on his hands as a result of electrocution.

 "The more severe injures were caused by the fall, although it was not a very high altitude. He was evacuated to the hospital in stable condition and in full consciousness."

http://www.ynetnews.com

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