The international kite festival was held in the city of Hsinchu, south of the capital Taipei. Video of the crash, which has circulated widely on social media, shows several people preparing the large, long-tailed pale orange kite for flight alongside a crowd of viewers. The kite is already inflated by the strong wind.
Then the organizers let go of the kite – and it flies away, with a toddler hanging from its tail. It is not known how close she was to the kite on the ground, nor how she got caught.
Screams can be heard in the video as the child is lifted into the air, swung wildly by the kite and the wind. It took off for about 30 seconds before the kite was pulled low enough for members of the public to grab and release.
She was immediately rushed to hospital with her mother and festival staff, but miraculously suffered only minor injuries with grazes on her face and neck, according to the Taiwan Central News Agency. She has since been released and is at home with her family.
“We will look at the circumstances to prevent such accidents from happening again and we will hold people accountable,” he said.
The wind at the Sunday afternoon festival was unusually strong, hitting a 7 on the Beaufort scale – meaning the wind speed ranged from 32 to 38 miles per hour (50 to 61 kilometers per hour), according to CNA . It’s just one level below one level below the winds at the level of the wind on the scale.
CNN’s Eric Cheung contributed to this report.