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Unintended spiral resulting in impact with water

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September 25, 2012
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Advanced student wanted to do a steep turn and on a casual day of flying asked his instructor to give him tips on the radio. The student entered the turn aggressively and went into a spiral. The instructor immediately gave recovery instructions but it was too late and the student spiraled into the water, impacting nearly face down well out into the ocean surf. His agama inflated immediately but his head was slumped forward and under water. Thankfully, a surfer got to him very quickly and was able to keep his head out of the water. Steep spirals are among the top three most deadly maneuvers in a paraglider because of the likelihood of blacking out or, even if the pilot remains conscious, the possibility of confusion on recovery. The pilot spent several days in the hospital due to water ingestion but made a complete recovery, possibly aided by being in extremely good physical shape. Wing aerolight karamba 28m which is similar to the apco karma

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