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Man has near-death experience while hang gliding after pilot forgets to secure his harness

American Chris Gursky's first hang gliding experience nearly turned deadly as he clung to the glider with his bare hands for more than two minutes after taking off from a mountain edge more than 1.2km high. Incident was Mr Gursky's first experience with hang gliding during a holiday in Interlaken, Switzerland. Footage from a video uploaded to YouTube showed Mr Gursky's safety harness had not been attached before taking off from a cliff. The pilot had hooked himself up but forgot to check if Mr Gursky was secured.