Pilot killed, passenger injured in paragliding tragedy in Pokhara

Published On: November 23, 2020 06:13 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Nov 23: A person died and another sustained injuries in a paragliding accident in Pokhara on Monday.

According to the police, paragliding pilot, 38-year-old Raju Gaire Nepali died in the mishap that took place around 1 pm. He was declared dead while undergoing treatment at the Pokhara-based Metrocity Hospital. He was immediately rushed there for treatment following the accident. He hails from Pokhara Metropolitan City-28

Similarly, the passenger of the  ill-fated glider, 28-year-old Shila Shrestha from Budhanilkantha Municipality-2, Kathmandu was injured after their glider, that took off from Sarangkot of Pokhara Metropolis-18, crashed at Camp Chowk in Pokhara-18, some 1.5 kilometers away from the designated landing spot of Khapaudi Area on the shores of  the Fewa Lake.

According to Kaski Police Spokesperson, DSP Suwash Hamal, Shrestha has sustained severe bruises. She was rushed to Kathmandu for further treatment.  

Police said that they have yet to discover why the accident took place.

“Our technicians will also launch an investigation into this unfortunate incident,” said Krishna Bhandari, the chairman of Nepal Airsports Association (NAA).

The adventure activity, which remained halted for more than seven months owing to COVID-19 fears, resumed just before the festival of Dashain. The NAA shared that an average of 500 domestic gliders in a day fly in the Pokhara sky. The take off zone of the air sports lies at Sarangkot while the gliders land at Khapaudi on the shores of the Fewa Lake.

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