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Vicenza, parachutes ‘engage’ in flight: one dead and one wounded

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Double tragedy in flight in Vicenza, within a few hours. One parachutist instructor died and another was seriously injured during a jump after their parachutes ‘locked on’ causing them to fall to the ground.
The accident occurred shortly after 12 at Thiene Airport (Vicenza). The victim, 38, was a resident of Schio (Venice); the injured person is an American citizen, who after falling to the ground was rescued and rushed to the San Bortolo hospital in Vicenza.

On Saturday, however, the tragedy took place on Monte Grappa. After securing his flight companion, he did not tie himself up and, immediately after take-off, he remained hanging from the bar, falling into space after a surge of the two-seater hang glider. According to an initial reconstruction given by the Alpine Rescue, a hang glider pilot died yesterday. As soon as the take-off took place from the delta platform of Col del Puppolo at 850 meters above sea level on Monte Grappa (Vicenza), the untied man remained hooked to the strength of the arms, until he could no longer make it and let go disappearing into the woods below.

The hang glider continued without commands, and then fell among the trees, leaving the woman suspended in the void, among the branches of a plant, fortunately without consequences for her.

When the alarm was triggered, the Treviso emergency helicopter identified the sail and landed with a 30-meter winch, doctor, nurse and helicopter rescue technician, and then flew to embark a team of the Alpine Rescue of the Pedemontana del Grappa to start the search for the pilot. The helicopter rescue technician climbed onto the tree and, after having secured her and freed her from the constraints, lowered the woman to the ground, to entrust her to a nurse. The rescuers, who were then joined by other teams, set off on the patrol, finding the lifeless body of the man at the foot of some trees.

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