Paraglider is swept away by a dust devil in scary moment



As 40 paragliders prepared for a cross-country flight in Australia, a dust devil suddenly popped up at the launch area on Mt. Borah and swept one of the pilots away as his wife videotaped the scary moment.

For a few seconds, the pilot was at the mercy of the swirling winds that propelled him in circles as if he were in a tornado.

Eventually the paraglider was spit out of the dust devil and he regained control. He then peacefully began his 120-mile, eight-hour cross-country flight, albeit a little prematurely.

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Manilla Paragliding explained on Facebook that hot conditions in New South Wales led to the rapidly forming dust devil that “raced across the launch area, which had pilots and helpers scrambling to hold down their gliders.

“Despite the best efforts of the pilot and another helper, the powerful dust devil inflated the glider and picked him up along with some of the launch mats.

“He was lifted up to approximately [35 feet] and swirled around a few seconds before being ejected out to the side of the fast rotating dust devil. The pilot quickly regained control of the glider and flew away to continue on a relatively uneventful … cross-country flight toward Moree.”

The pilot was uninjured and the paraglider not damaged.

Generic paragliding photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

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