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Avoiding powerlines

PPG Type: Foot Launch
Type of Injury: Major Injury

Pilot Details

Age: 46
Weight: 160
Gender: Male
Highest rating held at the time of the incident: Beginner – PPG 1
Pilot experience level: 50+ hours

Gear Details

Wing Brand: Dudek
Model: Nucleon 4
Size: 22m
Paramotor Frame: Skymax skymax with atom 80

Incident Details

March 1, 2022 6:30 PM
Location of the incident:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Type of Incident
: Collision with terrain or ground obstacle

Avoid powerlines at the last minute. banked hard left and not enough altitude or speed to make the turn. Separated spine from pelvis and broken pelvis in six areas upon a violent impact. Also compound break to calcaneus (heal bone). I have permanent and temporary rods/screws holding me together but i am lucky and expect a near full recovery. It has been a painful ride but i hope to be flying again by the end of the year. This was my 133rd flight, pilot error No excuses..

Flight Window: Evening
Wind Speed: No Wind / Low Wind
Type: Light and Variable
Phase of Flight: Cruise/In Flight
Type of Injury: Major Injury
Collateral Damage: None
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