Richard is flying sky high again
Crash landing led to broken bones
A paraglider who plummeted out of the sky and hit a tree at 100ft before crash landing in a Wishaw park earlier this year is back in the air.
Dad- of- two Richard Allan sustained a broken pelvis, a fracture to his right arm, a dislocated shoulder and dozens of cuts and bruises to his face and body when he crashed his paramotor in Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park back in January.
Richard, 53, was told by doctors he would be on crutches for 12 months, however he defied the odds and was back flying the skies of Wishaw within six months.
The experienced pilot said: “I’ve definitely made a speedy recovery. The doctors and hospital staff still can’t quite believe it when I walk into the hospital without my crutches.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a long road to recovery and I honestly didn’t think I would be back flying this soon but it feels amazing to be back in the sky.
“So far I’ve done six flights and had seven hours in the air.”
On January 21, Richard, of Carluke, suffered difficulties at around 3.30pm when sunglare caused him to crash to the ground from 100ft in the air.
After his accident he told the Wishaw Press from his hospital bed that the low sun glare temporarily blinded him causing him not to see three high tension power lines until the very last minute.
He added: “I was on a social flight with a friend and we were getting ready to land.
“The wind was coming from the north, which is very unusual for that area, so I decided to turn around and land from the other side.
“The sun glare was very strong and I couldn’t see anything for a few seconds.
“Before I knew it I was seconds away from hitting the powerlines.
“I had to make a decision whether or not to hit the lines or make a crash landing so I decided on the latter.
“I aggressively pulled the right line to steer around before I crashed to the ground.
“For a few seconds, I didn’t know if I was going to survive or not.
“It was a very scary, traumatic experience. I’m lucky to be alive.”
Several shocked dogwalkers were on hand to help Richard.
Emergency services were called to the scene off Creamery Road and an air ambulance arrived 25 minutes later.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow where he has underwent several procedures.