Tandem accident

I was down in Saichia of course for the long weekend, and as always there was a lot of stuff sitting in my inbox when I got home. Sadly, not all of it was spam…

Hi Les,

I found your wingstaiwan.com website on the internet today, and I am hoping that you can help me out.

Two days ago, I was involved in a paragliding accident in Taiwan. I had signed up with a company in (witheld on author’s request) for a single tandem flight. This was my first experience with paragliding.

To make a long story short, after being told most of the day that conditions were unsafe for flight, in the late afternoon we were apparently set to go. It took us four or five attempts to take off. When we finally did, the flight didn’t last more than a few seconds. The paraglider stalled in flight, and we quickly plunged from a height of 30 or 40 feet onto the mountainside. I landed square on my back with the pilot under me.

Unbelievably, I’ve sustained no serious injuries. The pilots knees were below my lower back on landing, the muscles of my back and abdominal area have taken a fair bit of damage after taking most of the impact, and my kidneys have been bruised, but somehow I managed to escape any spinal injury or broken bones. I’m already recovering, and although I can still barely walk, I think that I might be back on my feet and back to work in only a week or two.


(name witheld on request)

The victim will be okay, but it will be a few weeks before he’s back on his feet.

It seems that the tandem trade in this country just never learns. I’ve honestly lost count of the number of tandem accidents that I know about, and I know that countless more have gone unreported and unremarked.

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One Response to Tandem accident

  1. jaco says:

    Shocking…or is it?

    2 guesses: a:Launching in a south wind
    b:Launching in a south wind

    Who was the Tandem pilot? PM me please, Les.

    Of course I take “customers” there on a weekly basis, but only allow 3 tandem pilots to fly them (the “customers”). There are a few suspect operators flying tandem.
    Sonny, Mr Su, and David (Steven)Chang are the ones I allow.
    If it’s on of them, I’ll reconcider. Mind you, maybe I’ll just reconcider anyway.

    Relieved to hear this dude is still allright and if he is reading this…”did you get a refund at least? You were supposed to be insured. Contact me please at jacoherbst at hotmail dot com.”


    PS Customers read: foreigners

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