Paramotor pilot ploughs into power lines… and gets stuck upside down with ELECTRICITY surging through his body
A pilot cheated death when he crashed his paramotor into power lines and ended up hanging from them with the electric charge surging through his body.
The daredevil, known only as Daniel, misjudged his landing in his powered paraglider and became entangled in the cables.
Airstrip bosses and emergency services raced to the scene as he dangled in the air and warned him not to touch the ground to avoid electrocution.
Daniel remained suspended for an alarming ten minutes before he managed to free himself and leap down.
The 30 year-old businessman suffered burns to his right hand and leg in the drama at March, Cambs on Sunday evening.
He said: “I was coming into land and following a friend.
“I came over low and then found the lines in front of me. I just didn’t see them.
“We had a safety briefing before, and it was totally my fault.
“My leg got caught on the line, but I managed to release myself and get clear from the
lines. It was only about four feet from the ground, so I jumped down.
“It was scary. I feared for my life and I thought I was going to be continually electrocuted.
“Nigel Davies, who runs the centre, just told me to be careful when I came down.
“Now I can’t wait to get back in the air. It is a great sport, with great people and a great community. It really brings people together.”
Daniel, who has been flying paramotors for six years, spent a night under observation in the burns unit at Chelmsford Hospital in Essex but returned home the following day.
Nigel Davies, 45, who runs the Fenland Wind and Airsports Centre where Daniel was flying from, said the crash was a “freak accident”.
He said: “We have been here for seven years, and this is the first accident we have had.”
Eyewitness Brian Dobson, 50, who captured Daniel’s plight on camera, said: “He was up there for a good ten minutes.
“He said he could feel electricity coming through his body. If anyone had touched him they would have got a shock.
“He managed to free himself and the emergency services arrived five minutes later.”
UK Power Networks said 45 local customers lost power a result of the crash but their supply was restored later the same evening.