Some injuries are commonplace – car accidents, pedestrian accidents, slips and falls in a casino, work accidents. Others are rare – freak accidents where someone accidentally suffers a severe cut in the kitchen, a bridge collapsing or even a bridge collapsing. A Reno aviation accident last weekend was thankfully significantly less tragic than one would expect. Last Sunday, a glider pilot abandoned his aircraft as it began to rip apart mid-air. As the glider plunged to the ground, the pilot was able to eject and parachute onto downtown Reno city streets. The pilot, upon landing at 5th Street an Arlington Avenue, was injured, but only minor. The glider landed in two pieces in Reno, with a wing coming to a stop at a park named Dick Taylor. The fuselage of the plane landed on the roof of a parking garage on the top of a nearby hospital. The same hospital the glider pilot was rushed to in order to treat his injuries. The Northern Nevada air accident is currently being investigated by the United States transportation agency, and the name of the pilot and the full extent of his injuries has not been released.
Fortunately, what could have been a tragic accident did not turn out so. The aircraft incident in Washoe County did not result in a Ren automobile accident, since it happened on a Sunday afternoon at what can often be a busy intersection. No pedestrians or onlookers were hurt by the man parachuting in the middle of a busy street. With plane parts falling from the sky no one was hurt by falling debris. Even though the plane’s fuselage landed in a parking lot, no one was hurt there and even none of the parked cars suffered any damage.
Like many recent stories, this Reno air accident received national media attention in magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Jalopnik, The Sacramento Bee, and Flying Magazine.
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