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More tandem accidents in Taidong

A tandem operator ended up in tree with his passenger on May 5th after launching into very strong and gusty winds. Those with a sharper eye may recognize the glider as a competition model which is not rated for tandem operation at all and definitely requires expert skills in handling, even in the best of conditions. This error is then compounded when they get to hospital and the pilot doesn’t mention at all that they fell out of the sky, but instead claims they had something like a hiking accident, involving falling down a mountain slope. This is common here because ordinary travel insurance explicitly excludes paragliding from a list of covered activities. Avoiding any mention of paragliding in police reports also protects the pilot population in general from investigation by authorities or result in someone’s semi-legal tandem business being disrupted.
News video of the whole sorry story here.

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