[WATCH] Maltese tourist unhurt, instructor dies in Brazil hang glider accident
Update 4 | 'I'm 100% ok and will continue my amazing trip' says Maltese national Tania Sultana who miraculously escaped injury in Brazil after a bizarre hang glider accident killed her instructor.
17 August 2012, 12:00am
Brazilian media have described Maltese tourist Tania Sultana as a "living miracle" after managing to avoid serious injury or death during a hang gliding jump gone wrong, which killed her 42 year-old professional instructor.
The tragedy occurred in Sao Conrado, in the South Zone of Rio, where hundreds of tandem flights - mostly with experienced pilots ferrying foreign tourists - occur each day.
The pilot, identified as Wanderlei Nascimento Coelho, 42, commonly known as 'Delei', reportedly crashed into a field on Canoas Road, a landmark area in Rio de Janeiro.
Delei died on the spot, but his passenger, Maltese national Tania Sultana from Birkirkara, who is currently on holiday in Brazil together with a group of friends, miraculously survived the incident after managing to remain secured to the hang glider and ended-up stuck in a tree.
The pair took off from Pedra Bonita, a 507-meter high peak, and would have landed on the beach in Sao Conrado about eight minutes later.
Initially, rescuers took Sultana to the Sao Conrado Flight Club, according to the club director, Vinicius Cordeiro, then to testify at the Tourist Service Bureau (DEAT), in Leblon.
Tania Sultana was reported to be in a state of shock, and resting at her hotel.