Kevin Philipp, an experienced acro paraglider, posted the anxiety-inducing clip to YouTube Monday, most of which was captured by his helmet camera.
In the video, Philipp is seen quickly falling from undetermined heights, spinning as he struggles with the jammed brake line.
He becomes tangled in the paraglider wing and continues to fall until, mere seconds before hitting the ground, he is able to open his rescue package and release an emergency parachute.
In the description of his YouTube video, Philipp seemed to imply it was “strong turbulence” that caused the accident upon his descent.
“Break line got stuck,” he wrote. “Falling into the lines and wing made the rescue parachute throw quite hard. The falling speed increased a lot due to the twisting wing.”
Philipp estimated he was “1 second” from hitting the ground by the time he was able to open his emergency parachute.
“This was not the day to die!” he wrote.
“In acro paragliding we face a lot of tries and errors in learning the tricks,” Philipp explained. “With 2-3 rescue parachutes and a lot of height we can safely train this kind of sport. This occasion is quite unlucky and rare.”
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