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Pilot dies in Puli

Now News news item on pilot death near Puli
Apple News on same accident
The news item says the 57-year old Hsinchu pilot, surnamed Wu, crashed in the river bed near 塔洛灣橋, which is close to Chingjing Farm. This is a very dangerous XC route with no safe landing places for several kilometers in very steep terrain. Wu had had a tree landing on January 1st, also while flying at Puli. Condolences to the family and friends of the pilot.

Korean pilot dies in Saichia

Apple News report

A 51-year old Korean pilot named Lee died on January 5th at Saichia. Reasons given for the crash are pretty speculative right now, with some witnesses suggesting a mid-air collision and a locked spiral dive led to the fatal crash, while others suggest a collapse and recovery gone wrong.

Pilot in trees near Liukuei

Pilot rescued from high trees near Liukuei

A 47-year old Japanese pilot was rescued from tall trees near Liukuei. He’d taken off in Saichia and attempted an XC to Liukuei. Luckily the pilot was not hurt and his glider could be removed from the trees.

Diving in Palau 2014

Finally went to Palau…

Yehma club negligence costs NT$630,000 for injuries

Apple News article

Back in summer 2011 a Yehma club instructor surnamed Liu had a mid-air collision at Green Bay with another glider, resulting in a crash and multiple broken bones for his female passenger. Finally Ms. Lin had her day in court where she won NT$630,000 in damages for herself, the court having decided that Mr. Liu had acted negligently by launching into heavy traffic instead of waiting.
Green Bay is immensely popular as the closest flying site to Taipei, drawing huge crowds of spectators and willing tandem passengers on weekends. Accidents are frequent due to overcrowding and scant regard being paid to right-of-way rules.

Green Bay pilot crashes onto TV news

A pilot at Green Bay crash landed on the main road on the coast while apparently trying to land on the beach, and made it onto TV news.

The pilot can be seen attempting a landing either on or next to the road when a car approaches, sounding his horn. The pilot then over-controls the glider into a spin, though luckily he’s only a few meters above the ground at that time. Had he been a few meters higher the outcome would likely have been very different. The video footage is from the car’s dash cam.
When interviewed the pilot claims he crashed because the horn scared him, though it’s not clear how he could have gone anywhere else from that altitude, the LZ being close to 100m away and on the other side of busy four-lane highway, some walls and a power line. He then goes on to claim to be an advanced pilot.

Lunar New Year 2014

Philippines again, this time Dauin and Apo Island.

Saipan December 2013

Another trip to see our friends in Saipan, this time just me and Marylyn. This is the first time we’ve been out to Saipan and Tinian in ‘winter’, and the northern sites in particular are very different at this time of year.