Power line crash for pilot

Daniel dangles from the power lines after mis-judging his landing . Photo supplied by reader Brian Dobson
Daniel dangles from the power lines after mis-judging his landing . Photo supplied by reader Brian Dobson

A paramotor pilot who feared for his life when he crashed into overhead lines has said he can’t wait to get airborne again.

The pilot, Daniel, misjudged his landing at the Fenland Wind and Airsports Centre near March at 8pm on Sunday.

A paramotor pilot flew into power lines near March.

A paramotor pilot flew into power lines near March.

Dramatic pictures of the crash were captured by spectators and fellow pilots as Daniel, who was visiting from Bexhill, hung from the power lines at Burrowmoor Road.

Daniel (30), who has been flying for six years, suffered burns to his right hand and leg - but is now itching to reach for the skies again.

He said: “I was coming into land and was following a friend. I came over low, and then found the lines in front of me. I just didn’t see them.

“We had a safety briefing before, and it was totally my fault.

“My leg got caught on the line, but I managed to release myself and get clear from the lines. It was only about four feet from the ground, so I jumped down.

“It was scary. I feared for my life. I thought I was going to be continually electrocuted, but Nigel (Davies, who runs the centre) told me to be careful when I came down.

“Now I can’t wait to get back in the air. It is a great sport, with great people and a great community. It really brings people together.”

Daniel had to spend a night at Chelmsford Hospital in the burns unit while he was kept under observation, but said the medical care he had received had been excellent.

The incident dismayed airfield owner Mr Davies, who said: “We have been in operation for seven years, and this is the first accident we have had. We never had so much as a twisted ankle. Our safety record is 100 per cent.”

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said 45 customers had lost power at 8.25pm as a result of the crash, but power had been restored to all homes by 10.55pm.