Japanese man dies in India paragliding accident
A Japanese man died in a paragliding accident in north Indiaâ€™s Himachal Pradesh state, popular with both domestic and foreign tourists for its Himalayan peaks, police said on Saturday.
The officials said that Makota Sukoma, 38, died after crashing into a hillside while paragliding in Bir Billing, aroundÂ 131 miles (212 kilometres) from state capital Shimla.
â€œSukoma took off in Billing on Friday afternoon but lost control over the glider and crashed into a hillside,â€ Sunaina Sharma, local sub divisional magistrate, told journalists.
â€œLocals and police found him seriously injured and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The doctor said he had sustained head injuries,â€ she added.
Two other foreign nationals have lost their lives in separate paragliding accidents around Bir Billing in the last three weeks.
A Russian died when his paraglider got crashed into power transmission lines soon after he took off, while a British paraglider was in a fatal crash in October.
Bir Billing in the stateâ€™s scenic Kangra valley is one of the most popular sites with domestic and international paragliding enthusiasts. It also hosted Paragliding World Cup event in 2015.
source The Express Tribune news