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Maharashtrian tourist, South Korean die in paragliding accidents

Both died due to equipment failure although deaths due to equipments are very rare if they are of good quality. The courts in some States had recently banned this dangerous adventure sport especially as there has been a mushroom growth of unscrupulous operators leading to several deaths.

NEW DELHI, Dec 26: Two people died in paragliding accidents in two incidents in the last two days. One was South Korean Shin Byeong Moon while trying lift in Gujarat and the other Maharashtrian tourist Suraj Shah in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh due to harness failure in the tandem flight.

Shin Byeong Moon, 50, was killed when his paraglider canopy failed to open fully. The accident took place at around 5.30 pm on Saturday at a school ground in Visatpura village near Kadi town of Mehsana district. His friends took him to a hospital nearby but died during treatment. Doctors said the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to the shock.

Shin Byeong Moon with his friend had come to Vadodara to see another friend who is a frequent para flier. His friends and the embassy have been informed. The body will be sent to his native place in South Korea.

Suraj Shah, 30, from Maharashtra's Satara district who died in a fall during paragliding in Dhobi area in Kullu on Sunday. His safety belt broke leading to his fall, it has been stated. He and the pilot were taken to the hospital by the locals where Suraj Shah was declared brought dead and pilot Vimal Dev is undergoing treatment.

The post-mortem examination was performed on the body at a Government hospital in Kullu and the body was handed over to Shah’s friend Aniktel Patil as his parents wanted. The police are investigating. A case has been registered under Sections 336 and 304A of the Indian Penal Code against the pilot, police said.

Suraj Shah had come in a group of four and had the booking for paragliding.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court had banned adventure sports, including paragliding, in January last following a 12-year old Bengaluru boy's death from an accident near the Bir Billing paragliding site. However, unauthorised paragliding has been going on.

In both the cases, equipment failure was the cause of death. All harnesses should have a parachute standby but that rule is not adhered to by the small time organisers. There are plenty of such camps in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand conducted by semi-skilled operators using poor quality and old equipments to make money at any risk. The Uttarakhand high court had also recently restricted such paragliding business in the State.

Accidents can occur while launching, soaring or even landing, mainly due to error in calculations and adverse atmospheric conditions. Equipments if they are good generally do not cause accidents.


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