WATCH | Paraglider Picked Up And Blown Through The Air For FIVE Hours After Small Dust Tornado

Unbelievable footage


Triple M Newsroom

3 January 2019

Triple M Newsroom

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If one of your New Year's resolutions was to unleash your inner daredevil and try a couple of extreme sports, you'd probably be best to give this yarn a miss.

A terrifying video of the moment a paraglider was swept up by a dust devil in Manilla, NSW, has gone viral, with the clip racking up millions of views in the last 48 hours.

The experienced pilot was setting up for take-off on Mount Borah when the mini dust tornado blew through, picking the man up as his wife stood by screaming.

Incredibly, the man was blown through the air for five hours before he landed more than 180 kilometres away in Moree.

Watch the unbelievable clip below:

 

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Godfrey Wenness, Manilla Paragliding chief flying instructor, witnessed the incident at around 11.30am on Wednesday, January 2, and explained how the dust devil had the group "scrambling to hold down their gliders".

"There were about 40 pilots half set-up for takeoff, they all yelled out 'Dust devil' and jumped on their wings," Wenness told The Northern Daily Leader.

"It's like when you hear the word, 'Shark' at the beach, everyone jumped on but his wasn't held down enough and it ripped him off."

According to reports, the man was lifted 10 metres up in the air, swirling around in the updraft before being ejected out of the side and continuing on a "relatively uneventful" flight.

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