Paraglider spins out of control in high winds and hits power line

Paraglider spins out of control in high winds and hits high-voltage power line with a bang as he plunges onto city street in Brazil

  • Paraglider Jose A. de Lacerda, 48, loses control and plunges onto ground 
  • Landed on Rua Clotilde Maria Linhares Pinsky, Charitas, Brazil yesterday 
  • Inexperienced military police sergeant planned to land on Charitas beach

This is the terrifying moment a paraglider crashes into a high-voltage power line after spinning out of control in high winds.

Footage filmed in the Charitas neighbourhood of Niteroi, Brazil, on November 18 shows the inexperienced paraglider losing control and plummeting to the street between apartment blocks.

Shouts can be heard after the paraglider Jose A. de Lacerda, 48, a Rio de Janeiro military police sergeant, hits the power line with a loud bang. 

He survived but sustained serious spinal injuries. 

Mr de Lacerda had been planning to land on Charitas Beach after departing from the Niteroi neighbourhood of Sao Francisco, according to the news site Metropoles but instead crashed a three-minute walk away.  

In the footage, Mr de Lacerda’s paraglider is seen dramatically throwing him across the sky as he loses control.

He is jolted back to the right before his parachute swiftly drops and hits a power line at speed.

A loud rattling noise is heard as he hits the ground and he calls out in pain.

Footage filmed in the Charitas neighbourhood of Niteroi, Brazil, on November 18 shows inexperienced Jose A. de Lacerda, 48, losing control and plummeting to the street between apartment blocks

Mr de Lacerda plummets to the ground below and lands on Rua Clotilde Maria Linhares Pinsky

The 48-year-old landed on Rua Clotilde Maria Linhares Pinsky, in the Charitas neighbourhood.  

The road is a few minutes walk from his planned landing spot, Charitas beach. 

People on the ground quickly rush over to help him and the filmer zooms on those coming to his aid.

He is seen moving his arms and legs in the footage but suffered serious spinal injuries.

Mr de Lacerda was taken by the fire department to Hospital Estadual Azevedo Lima for treatment after residents rushed to his aid when he called out in pain

He was seen moving his legs and arms around on the floor but sustained serious spinal injuries. He is now in a stable condition in hospital

The battering wind is heard in the background of the clip, highlighting just how treacherous the conditions are.   

 Mr de Lacerda was taken by the fire department to Hospital Estadual Azevedo Lima for treatment.

Military police gave the update that he is now in a stable condition after yesterday’s plunge, according to Correio Brazilienze Brazil.   

Dalton Machado, president of the Clube Oceanico de Voo Livre, a paragliding club, said he was lucky to survive the accident.  

Mr Machado said that Mr de Lacerda should have been accompanied on the jump as he was inexperienced.

He said that in Parque de Cidade they have a public ramp which means they cannot prevent people from flying. 

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