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Santa in Powered Parachute Stuck in Power Lines as Reindeer Malfunction

Santa came close to missing his yearly present run altogether after he got stuck in live power wires in Sacramento, California, U.S.
Airborne Santa in paraplane stuck in live power wires in California, U.S. 5 photos
Photo: Facebook/CHP North Sacramento
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A local adventurer wanted to have one more fun ride as the year is about to end and, at the same time, do something nice for the kids in the area. So he dressed up as Saint Nick and got into his powered parachute, also known as PPC or paraplane, and started off for the skies.

His intention was admirable: to drop candy canes from the sky to the delight of local kids. His execution, not so much: he got stuck in live power wires right after takeoff and was left dangling. Call it a reindeer malfunction, if you will.

You can see a video of how his stunt took a turn for the worse at the bottom of the page. Also, there is a video of the rescue mission, which was a combined effort by CHP and Metro Fire Sacramento. As you can see in the photos in the gallery as well, Santa was left dangling upside down, as his vehicle got tangled in the wires.

The good news – yes, there is good news to be had – is that Santa was not injured. “Turns out Santa was trying to get some last minute fun in before the holiday and got into a hot wire situation. Don’t worry!... he wasn’t hurt and [Metro Fire Sacramento] is helping him down,” CHP North Sacramento says of the highly unlikely incident.

In the end, all’s well and all that. Santa will still be on time delivering presents, but maybe he should stick to something that wouldn’t spell disaster in case of a slight miscalculation. Maybe the Ford Bronco is the most reliable sleigh, after all. It can’t fly (that we know of), but maybe it’s for the best.





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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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