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‘Parachutal Stall’ caused by flying in Rain

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Age: 61
Weight: 198
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Model: Ozone Viper 3, size 24
Paramotor Frame: Flymecc Carbon 1.1s – weight approx’ 65 US pounds with

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December 13, 2017
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I was flying at approx’ 500 feet agl heading for the coast, when it started to rain … just a drizzle at first, but became progressively worse … So I turned around to return to my take-off field (now 3 miles away). After 1.5 miles, the rain had increased to a point that I decided to ‘land-out’. I overflew some power lines, then a farm, and some fields with crops. The rain had now become MUCH worse, and I dropped down to 150 feet agl having selected a suitable landing spot next to a road. At this point, my BIG MISTAKE was to trim slower to land … as soon as I had pulled the trims down, my wing lost all forward speed and became parachutal … pitching backwards behind me for the last 30-40 feet. The first point of impact was the bottom right rear of the frame, which then rolled me violently to the right as I hit the ground. My main injury was a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I still do not have a full range of movement nearly 2.5 years later … but I have sufficient to fly again :-) There is a video from my headcam of the accident on YouTube here …

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