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Pilot Details

Age: 0 Weight: 160 Gender: Highest rating held at the time of the incident: Pilot experience level:

Gear Details

Wing Brand: Model: Macpara Muse Size: Paramotor Frame: Airfer with

Incident Details

January 1, 2006 Location of the incident: , Type of Incident:

Pilot took off normally. At about 50 feet he could be seen trying to get into the seat but could not. The cage was very close to the risers and the trimmers were set to fast, putting the brake pulleys near openings at the cage’s rim. So when he let go of the brakes, they both went into the propeller and were immediately severed, departing the aircraft and damaging the prop. He let off the gas.

Then, it appeared he realized he was going to hit something bad, he powered up to go over trees and a large power line which he barely cleared. Several accounts suggested he went through some of the trees but this could be due to their perspective. He had no directional control and did a torque turn to the right during this whole thing. Once clear of the wires, he powered off and accepted a downwind landing in beans which, fortunately, proved uneventful.

(ed note: this is a bad situation but likely could have been solved by doing rear riser turns to return to the field and land upwind. Pilots should REHEARSE doing rear riser turns to help insure correct response to this emergency. If it is not rehearsed, it will not likely be done properly in the “heat of battle.” Also, a kick-in strap that does not require releasing the brake is a desirable option.)

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