The man wasn't strapped in at 4,000 feet in the air.

Stacey Leasca
November 28, 2018

As far as terrifying vacation mishaps go, this story has to take the cake.

All Chris Gursky wanted to do was take a nice trip to Europe. Gursky, from Florida, thought he was well on his way to doing just that when he landed in Switzerland. On the very first day of his trip Gursky thought he’d take in the sights by going on a relaxing hang gliding tour so he could sit back and just chill. Oh, how wrong he was.

The second the glider took off Gursky realized he wasn’t actually strapped into the contraption or to his instructor. This left him hanging on for dear life as the glider went up 4,000 feet in the air.

“I just glanced down, and said this is it: I am going to fall to my death,” Gursky shared with Fox. “It wasn’t my time, I was going to hold on as long as I possibly could.”

According to Gursky, he tried to remain calm as an “up draft (was) pulling us higher and higher,” however, he felt like he was “losing grip the whole way down.”

Thankfully, after four excruciating minutes, Gursky and his pilot were able to land the craft, albeit with Gurksy suffering a fractured wrist on his less than ideal landing.

"By the time we hit the ground, or I hit the ground, I would say we were going about 25 miles an hour," Gursky said.

Gursky’s video of the incident quickly went viral, garnering more than 5.2 million views to date.

But, despite it all, Gursky still has a positive outlook on hang gliding and on the pilot, who Gursky said, "did all he could to get me down to the ground." Gursky even noted that he’s open to trying hang gliding again. Which, good for you sir, but the rest of us who watched your terrifying incident may need a bit longer to recover.

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