Torrey Pines Accident

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60ishBOB

Saint Louis, MO

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May 6, 2006
 
Does anybody know the condition of the hang glider pilot injured in an accident at the Torrey Pines Gliderport on Friday, 5may2006? We saw him go off the cliff and hit the beach 200 feet below but had to fly back to Missouri before we learned his status. Praying for a good report.
Tad Hurst

Carlsbad, CA

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Jun 1, 2006
 
I came upon this Forum rther accidentally.

I am the pilot that crashed on 5/5/06 at Torrey. This was a failure-to-hook-in event. I hung on the Glider all the way to the beach. Since I was hanging on the base tube, I obviously had no pitch control and the glider was in a steep dive. I did manage a turn to the right to line up with the dry sand.

I did a PLF on the beach at an estimated 50-60 MPH and 30 degree incline. Broken pelvis only.

I am recoverying - I have been back at work for the last 2 weeks, and I can drive the car. I should be walking without crutches in 3.5 weeks.

I am in better shape than I have any right to be - tad
sharon

Burlington, Canada

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Jan 14, 2007
 
i am so glad to hear. my husband jim freer died in pickering, ontario, aug/4/06 hang gliding. a judgement error i am told and he flew into the hyrdo wires. so sad. such a loss to all of us.
Tibi

Danville, IL

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Feb 7, 2007
 
Sorry to hear about you'r accident and i'm glad your douing better....How did you manage to forget hooking in.?? Didn't the wier crew notice anything?

Sharon ..Very sorry to hear that

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