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Incident Report postings from John Fletcher's injury at The Grade (in order of posting time stamp)
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John Fletcher
Tuesday, 7/25/06

Posted: Tuesday, 8/29/06

Hi I'm John.

First of all I want to thank you all for your prayers.  I am home now after 4 weeks in the hospital.  I am still recuperating and will be for the next 6-8 months or more, just waiting for the bones to heal so I can start physical therapy.  After reading what was written about the accident, I just wanted to add my comment.

I take full responsibility for my flight and resulting accident.  Thank God for Chip or I would not be talking to you now.  I would be flying with my heavenly father.  I really hate to be the example for others of what not to do, but here I am.  I don't remember a whole lot except that I was in a hurry to get higher.  The hill is intimidating... I was in a rush, a little apprehensive.  I thought I set myself up for a right hand departure but took off to the left and tried to turn right and was spun around, a big mistake.  I hope my experience helps someone else take the time they need to set up properly, equipment and mind, & don't fly unless it feels right.