Chris Gursky, a Florida national on vacation in Europe, spoke to Fox News on Tuesday afternoon about his appalling hang-gliding incident: hovering over a glider with his bare hands for almost four minutes, he flew over a scenic 4-star Swiss landscape 000 feet to 45 hours. mph, falling almost tens of meters to the ground because his harness was not properly attached.
"I just peeked and said that was it: I will succumb to death," he told Shepard Smith Reporting. "It was not my time, I was going to hold as long as I could could."
He was confused as to what was happening initially with the take off: "Hold on for life … Lose the grip until the end."
He said that he remained calm and focused throughout this ordeal, even though the "updraft was pulling us higher and higher."
He told Shepard Smith that he could go back there, but that this time he will make sure that he is properly tied up.
The incident, as previously reported by Fox News, took place on the first day of Gursky's recent trip to Interlaken, which he titled "Swiss Mishap" and shared on YouTube on Monday. The biting clip has since become viral: it has attracted more than 2 million views on YouTube Tuesday afternoon.
The video editing began with a written introduction, and then zoomed in on both men, with a note that the passenger harness was not attached. After a countdown and a take-off run, the passenger hung to the left of the pilot, sometimes clinging to the bar or his clothes. The hang glider swung but the pilot finally regained control of his plane, sometimes lifting the passenger over the treeline with mountains and a lake in the background.
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Towards the end of the four-minute video, the passenger ejected on a grass field and the pilot landed. The caption states that the passenger suffered a broken wrist that required surgery and that he showed a picture of a man in a hospital bed and an x-ray.
Christian Boppart, director of the Swiss Hang gliding Association, said that he knew who the pilot was, but that he wanted to respect his privacy because the authorities would seize the matter.
"The pilot knew that he had made a terrible mistake, but he then made a good stop," Boppart said. "The first lesson is that you check before you start that everything is fine and everyone is attached."
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Boppart said that serious injuries related to hand theft in Switzerland were rare.
Switzerland attracts millions of tourists each for its bucolic alpine panoramas, outdoor activities and other attractions.
Janine Puhak of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.