Location: Murren, Switzerland (463328 / 75343)
COD: Impact into trees
Ground Launching or Skiing: ground launching
Wing Type: Swing Savage 10m²
Patrick and his friend were the whole day flying from Muerren to Stechelberg. They were testing the Swing Savage 10m wing and comparing to the Paratech 11m.
They did not take off on the regular speed-flying take off at the mast of the transport cable car. They used the Acro-Take-off called Tennisplatz, which is a nice steep, but short grassy field. It ends in evergreen trees, where you have to fly over. With a paraglider no problem, on a speedriding glider limit to impossible. Patrick had already taken off 7 times this day, never with a problem.
On the last flight at 6 oclock in the evening, Patrick didnt make it over the trees anymore. It is believed he hit a tree partially but didn`t get stuck in it and then fell over the next cliff which is about 30m high.
He came to rest on the place where the via ferrata is going trough. His friend, who took off first said there was no tailwind on take off. It is now believed that Patrick forgot to close the trimmers on the back risers, because they were found open after the rescue. It is very uncertain that Patrick opened them right after take off, because there is only 2 seconds from take off to the trees. The trimmers were 8cm on this glider, what results in a lot more take off space and a poor glide.
Details will follow after investigation.
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