This Russian paragliding Pilot, named Paravoffka, was cruising the skies above Bir, India on October 17th when a pair of eagles fly directly into his rigging. One of the birds gets tangled in his parachute chords causing the parachute canopy to collapse. The pilot manages to deploy his reserve chute and survive a tree landing in the Himalaya. Paravoffka is unhurt and is able to free the bird from his rigging after which the eagle flies away also apparently unhurt. Himalayan Griffin Gets Tangled in Parachute Then Released After Crash Landing Over Bir, India | Unofficial Networks

Himalayan Griffin Gets Tangled in Parachute Then Released After Crash Landing Over Bir, India

Himalayan Griffin Gets Tangled in Parachute Then Released After Crash Landing Over Bir, India

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Himalayan Griffin Gets Tangled in Parachute Then Released After Crash Landing Over Bir, India

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A Russian paragliding pilot, named Vladimir Paravoffka, is cruising the skies above Bir, India on October 17th when a pair of Himalayan Griffins fly directly into his rigging. One of the birds gets tangled in his parachute chords causing the parachute canopy to collapse. The pilot manages to deploy his reserve chute and survive a tree landing in the Himalaya. Paravoffka is unhurt and is able to free the bird from his rigging after which the Griffin flies away also apparently unhurt.

Bir, India is a noted center for spiritual studies and meditation and a popular destination for adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking. Bir is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa.

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Image of the pilot's torn canopy (image: stpyphon.livejournal.com)

For a first hand account, check out stpyphon.livejournal.com. You may have to do some Google translating.

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