パラグライダー 9946mから奇跡の生還 オーストラリア・マニラ 動画あり

  • 作成日 2007年2月20日(火曜)23:47
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おことわり: これは、2007年2月20日および、2月22日に旧ブログに掲載した記事の内容をまとめ、一部加筆修正し転載したものです。

2007/2/24~3/9にかけてオーストラリア マニラで開催されるパラグライダー世界選手権。 ぞくぞくと選手たちも集まり本番に向けて練習を行っているようですが、公式ホームページに掲載されていない大きなアクシデントがあったようです。 こちらでは詳細を知る術もないため、すでに公開されている新聞報道(英語)から概要を伝えるに留めますが、

練習中に突然襲ったThunderStormによってフライト中の選手が一気に10,000m近く持ち上げられ、 うち1名の中国人男性パイロットが死亡したというのですが、 いま一人西ドイツチームの女性パイロット(ポーランド出身) は9946mの高度から奇跡的に生還したというのです。

第1報を知らせる記事はこちら。スクロールで全文が読めます。


"Paraglider Survives Being Sucked into Storm Cloud"

 4:08 pm, 16 Feb 2007   (News Wire co.nz)

 A German paraglider pilot is recovering in northern New South Wales after what experts say is an incredible survival story.

The woman and her paraglider were sucked into a storm cell near Tamworth earlier this week and rapidly lifted to about 30,000 feet.

She was one of 200 people taking part in a training flight ahead of the world paragliding championships.

Godfrey Wenness from the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia says she was without oxygen and unconscious for about an hour.

Mr Wenniss says what the woman went through was similar to climbing Mt Everest in less than 15 minutes.

The body of a Chinese paraglider who died in the same storm was recovered yesterday.

 

また生還した西ドイツの女性パイロットが当時の恐怖の体験を語った記事とニュース番組をアップしました。 

"Paraglider Pulled 6 miles High by Storm -- and Lives to tell about It" 

(ABC News)

Feb. 16, 2007 ? Ewa Wisnierska is a champion German paraglider. But she never expected to scale the heights she did over eastern Australia.

She was on a practice run when the updraft from a thunderstorm pulled her all the way from 2,000 feet to 32,000.

That's 6 miles up ? cruising altitude for most jetliners. Their cabins are pressurized to protect passengers from air that is only about a third as dense as it is at sea level. They're also insulated to protect passengers from temperatures that usually reach 50 degrees below zero.

 

Nearly an Hour in the Air

 

"The glider kept climbing, climbing, and I couldn't see anything," said Wisnierska, safely on the ground today in Manilla, Australia. "Then it got dark. I was already shaking, all wet, all instruments were frozen. And then I could hear the lightning around me … and I said, 'Oh, no, please, not there.' "

Incredibly, she has little more than a few bruises and mild frostbite ? after nearly an hour, mostly unconscious, tossed around in the upper reaches of the storm.

"I was only praying, 'Please, please, throw me somewhere from this cloud,'" she said.

Paragliders routinely look for updrafts to keep them in the air ? but they rarely go more than a few thousand feet high because the air gets too thin.

A fellow glider died in the storm. He Zhongpin, 42, from China, was apparently killed by the cold and lack of oxygen. His body was found nearly 50 miles from the launch site.

Doctors said passing out may have saved Wisnierska. Like an extreme diver practicing relaxation techniques under water, she was in a state where her body needed less oxygen.

She regained consciousness at an altitude of about 1,500 feet, and landed safely, her flight suit encrusted with ice.

 

 

"I could see the earth!" she told Australia's Channel 9. "Wow, like Apollo 13! I could see the earth!"

 

 

"Obviously, if the paraglider hadn't stayed the right way up it would have been really, really difficult for her," said Ken Harrison, one of the doctors who came to her rescue. "I also think that it is a kind of medical miracle that her body was able to cope with that."

 

 

Wisnierska stayed only an hour in the hospital ? and says she plans to be back in the sky next week.

なお、その後の報道では男性の直接の死亡原因は体に落雷を受けたとの警察の見解も発表されています。 亡くなられた選手のご冥福をお祈りするばかりです。

            

            


・奇跡的に生還したEwa Wisnierska選手の計器表示を見つけました。ニュース動画からキャプチャしたものです。 間違いなく高度はA1: 9946mとの表示が。(A3: 14975mというのは何なのでしょう)。最大上昇率20.2m/sは7分ちょっとでエベレスト登頂した計算に!

・また当日の現地でのフライトの様子を撮影した写真はこちら。 最初のうちは雲も少なく晴天で好条件に思えますが、その後急速に雨雲が発達した様子がわかります。 垂れ込めた雲の直下にはまだたくさんのパラグライダーが飛んでいます。

海外のフォーラムでは、彼女のGPSトラックログについて話題になっていますが、 警察に提出中のためかまだアップされたものはないようです。どなたか気づかれたら私にも教えてください。
なお、以下はEwa Wisnierska選手のインタビューでのやりとりについての記事です。

 

Ewa sucked into storm and lives to tell

February 16, 2007 from SMH.com.au

A German paraglider survived lightning, pounding hail, minus 40-degree temperatures and oxygen deprivation after a storm system sucked her to an altitude higher than Mount Everest. Ewa Wisnierska, 35, passed out due to a lack of oxygen and flew unconscious for up to an hour covered in ice after reaching an altitude of 9947 metres - near the cruising height of a jumbo jet. The champion sportswoman's survival was like "winning Lotto 10 times in a row", Australia's most experienced paraglider says. Wisnierska says experience told her she had no chance of survival, but a doctor told her that blacking out had saved her. "It was because that I got unsconscious because then the heart slows down all the functions - it saved my life," she told ABC radio. Froze to death A Chinese man who flew into the same storm near Manilla in northern NSW on Wednesday did not share Ms Wisnierska's luck. He Zhongpin, 42, was found 75 kilometres away from his launch site, and most likely suffocated or froze to death after being sucked into the storm, hang gliding experts say. Ms Wisnierska's top speed of ascent was clocked at 20 metres per second and her descent at 33 metres per second by an on-board tracking system, she told ABC radio. She described the violence of the storm system as "amazing". ''You can't imagine the power - you feel like nothing, like a leaf from a tree going up,'' she told the ABC. "I was shaking all the time - the last thing I remember it was dark, I could hear lightning all around me. "I knew I was in the middle of the thunderstorm and I could not do anything. I knew the chances to survive are almost zero "From the theory, I knew the chances to survive are almost zero, I knew I can only have luck, I can't do anything - and I got it." Wisnierska had been training for the upcoming Paragliding World Championships when she was sucked into the violent storm. She regained consciousness in mid-air up to an hour later. "I wanted to fly around the clouds but I got sucked 20 metres per second up into it and started to spiral," she told smh.com.au. "After 40 minutes or an hour, I woke up and I was 6900 metres. "I was still flying but I realised I didn't have the brakes in my hand. "I saw my hands and the gloves were frozen, and I didn't have the brakes, and the glider was still flying on its own. "I was thinking I can't do anything so I only have to wait and hope that the clouds were bringing me out somewhere. And then I woke up "And then I woke up and was thinking I was maybe unconscious for one minute. "I didn't know I was unconscious for so long." Godfrey Wenness, the president of the Manilla Sky Sailors club and organiser of the upcoming Paragliding World Championship, said Wisnierska's tale of survival was mind-blowing. "It's like winning Lotto 10 times in a row," he said, noting that the previous altitude survival record for a paraglider was 24,000 feet. "[Wisnierska] flew underneath a storm cloud and got sucked up to 30,000 feet. She was unconscious for about half an hour. She regained consciousness at 20,000 feet and then flew down and landed safely. "She was covered in ice. She suffered from severe frostbite. The temperature at that altitude was about minus 50 degrees. It's higher than Mount Everest." Mr Wenness said her injuries were severe. Her ears nearly got frozen off "She's got bruises all over her body from the hail stones and she's recovering from frostbite to her extremities. She's got bandages over her head because her ears nearly got frozen off." "She just remembers going up, lightning around her in the cloud and she doesn't remember anything until coming to again." He said the size of the hail stones was up to 15 centimetres in diameter. "Apples, oranges, up to rockmelon size. And her glider kept flying perfectly which is the amazing thing in this whole thing. "Basically she can't believe that she's alive.' Sergeant Scott Tanner of Manilla police said Wisnierska landed between Barraba and Niagra, 60 kilometres away from her launch site. "She was treated in hospital and discharged with frostbite injuries to her face," he said. A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said the temperature in the storm at 9,000 metres would have been lower than minus-40 degrees. Body found 25 kilometres from Bingara The body of Mr He was found by the Westpac Rescue helicopter 25 kilometres south-east of Bingara in northern NSW about 2pm yesterday. He, a member of the Chinese national paragliding team, was in training for the Paragliding World Championships, which start next week in nearby Manilla. The paraglider, who had 10 years' experience in the sport, was last seen about 3pm on Wednesday as thunderstorms were moving into the area. Hang Gliding Federation of Australia general manager Chris Fogg said Mr He was probably sucked into the cumulonimbus storm system and propelled to high altitude. "We assume he was taken to an altitude where he may have suffocated and may have become radically chilled," he said. "At the top of thunderstorms is typically where hail forms and there's lots of agitation and turbulence. Below zero "I understand he was above 9000 metres so that's below zero [degrees]. "This system one sounds as if it was pretty strong - he could have been taken up at 1200 feet a minute and beyond. "Most pilots will try to get down to the ground before they get close to something like that." The glider piloted by Mr He would have continued flying even if he had been unconscious, Mr Fogg said. Mr Wenness yesterday said the paragliders were among 200 people taking part in a routine training flight. "The other flyers in the area had given the stormclouds a "wide berth", he said. "Maybe he was trying to thread the needle between two cells, but we don't know," he said. Mr Wenness said more would be known after data retrieved from the GPS instruments carried by the man had been used to map out his exact flight path. Storm cell building Mr Wenness said the storm cell had been building since the early morning, and all paragliders had been briefed about the danger before beginning their training flights. "You do not fly anywhere near them - not even 747s fly through storm cells," he said. Mr Wenness said if the paraglider had deliberately steered into the storm cell, it was not just a risk but a decision that was "99.9 per cent" likely to lead to his death. The Paragliding World Championships begin in Manilla on February 24. It is the first time the event has been held in an English-speaking country.

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