Russian national dies in solo paragliding accident in Nepal's tourism hub Pokhara

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-05 16:46:39|Editor: xuxin
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KATHMANDU, March 5 (Xinhua) -- A Russian national died in a paragliding accident on Tuesday afternoon in Nepal's tourism hub Pokhara, local authorities said.

The Russian national lost his life right after taking a solo paragliding flight from the Sarangkot Hill in Pokhara, the most popular tourism destination after Kathmandu.

"The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Russian citizen Dmitri Stepanishin. He was rushed to Metro City hospital, however he was pronounced dead immediately," local Deputy Superintendent of Police Komal Shah told Xinhua over phone.

The solo pilot had lost his control right after taking off and plunged into the hill. It has been assumed that the incident took place after the strong wind took control of the glider in the spring sky of Pokhara.

This is the third accident in Pokhara's sky this week alone. A Romanian paraglider died after plunging into Fewa Lake on Sunday while on Monday a Portuguese paragliding pilot had met an accident with injuries after he came into contact with the high voltage electric transmission line.

Pokhara, located some 200 km away from the country's capital Kathmandu, is a popular destination for adventure tourism.

It is regarded as one of the top commercial paragliding destinations in the world with breath taking view of snow capped mountains, green hills and lakes.