Ready To Go
Ewa Wisnierska got all set in her glider. She began to run, and subsequently launch herself. Her progress was being tracked by the German team, but they were not in the air with her. They would follow her in a van and have communication with her over the radio.
When she started her flight the weather was still fairly decent. There was not really any sign of the impending storm. At this point, she had gone 12 miles and passed a mountain ridge. Little did she know, she was now entering the most dangerous leg of the journey, which was the sky over the savanna.
Ewa Wisnierska and her teammates left a while after the other pilots training at this location. Everyone else seemed to be in the clear and past the clouds, but at this point, Ewa saw two enormous storm clouds directly in front of her. One was even bigger than the next. This did not look good.
Ewa, an Austrian paraglider friend, and a Chinese paraglider were now directly in the storm’s path. The Chinese paraglider had been doing this for over 10 years – so he was certain he could navigate this storm. The others agreed, and were confident that they could avoid the storm. But the problem was, they were all alone.