Splash landing! Moment paraglider faceplants in a muddy paddy field when take-off goes wrong in Thailand
- The flying enthusiast was attempting the stunt in Nakhon Pathom province
- Although he made a bold start, charging along the runway, it ended painfully
- With a wet splatting noise, the paraglider hits the ground, his parachute sinking
- The failure to take off was due to a gear failure on his motorised paraglider
This is the moment an outdoorsman crashed his motorised paraglider into a paddy field – seconds after taking off.
The footage shows the flying enthusiast make a running start while strapped into his paraglider in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand.
With a roaring propeller strapped to his back, the paraglider charges forwards, the parachute rising above him and catching the air.
A flying enthusiast’s attempt to take to the air using a motorised paraglider ended almost quickly as it began in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand
The embarrassed paraglider laughed at himself as he was helped back onto his feet having crashed into a boggy paddy field a couple of seconds after taking off
As the paraglider reaches the end of the concrete runway, he disappears over a grassy knoll.
A hard, wet splatting sound follows, as the paraglider thumps into a boggy paddy field.
The roaring of the paraglider’s propeller stops and the parachute sinks slowly over his crumpled form – in an accident that was reportedly due to a gear failure.
The cameraman and another individual accompanying the flying enthusiast rush to find him slumped in the mud, laughing at his own misfortune.
The paraglider made a confident start, launching himself off the runway, his propeller roaring and his parachute catching the air and floating above his head
With some help, the embarrassed paraglider gets back to his feet, and the motorised glider is extricated from its boggy resting place.
The painful failure to ascend was captured on December 23 by the hapless paraglider’s friend Tum Banlane.
Tum Banlane said: ‘I couldn’t stop laughing when he fell straight down.
‘He looked serious while taking off.’
Another take-off fail was captured in South Korea, when an unlucky paraglider found himself getting acquainted with a tree almost immediately after launching from a cliff.
Mark Huneycutt shared video in July 2019 of a crash he experienced immediately after take-off.
While stuck in the tree, Huneycutt’s girlfriend – Alayna Dickerson – can be heard asking if he is OK.
‘No I’m good but man I’m s**t at paragliding,’ he says while laughing up in the tree.