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South Korean paraglider crashes to death in Panchgani

IANS  |  Satara (Maharashtra) 

A South Korean professional paraglider was killed when his crashed and hit a stony hillside in Panchgani, a said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday after the paraglider, identified as Sang Taek Oh, 45, took off in his from Rajpuri Point on the outskirts of the hill station, said R.N. Kaple, an with the Police.

"According to the information received, owing to some strong wind, his went out of control and instead of reaching the landing point, it fell into the forest areas. The victim may have hit a rocky wall on the hills and died," a Kaple told IANS.

A local rescue team reached the valley and searched for Sang and after several hours rushed him to the Wai hospital, around 27 km away, with serious head injuries. He was declared dead on admission, the added.

Sang had come to participate in an international solo-competition that opened on Tuesday. He was on a trial ride when the tragedy struck. The victim's body was handed over to the after autopsy.

The police have registered a case of negligence against one of the organisers from a Mumbai-based company.

Vishal Gaikwad, of the & Adventure Sports Association, said the solo competition attracted over 100 participants from all over the world this year and it was scheduled to continue till Sunday.

"However, after the tragedy, it is not clear if the competition will be permitted. The government is finalising the regulations for restarting the popular tandem paragliding -- meant for two persons. It is expected to be announced shortly. If given the go-ahead, the sport will resume after five years," Gaikwad told IANS.

An increasingly popular adventure-cum-recreational sport, paragliding is permitted in several hill resorts and tourist destinations in and across India, both for professionals and amateurs or tourists.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 21:40 IST