Don Beatty is a power parachuter, which means he flies a kind of super-light aircraft. He says he was flying over some farm combines in Montana, which were interesting to watch from overhead. That might explain how he got distracted and flew into some high-voltage power lines. For three hours he was dangling from lines that carried 233,000 volts. Rescue workers finally shut off the power lines and used a crane to bring him down — safely.
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