Himachal Pradesh: Paragliding accident kills tourist in Bir Billing | Shimla News


SHIMLA: A man from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh died Sunday after falling from a paraglider during a tandem flight in the Bir Billing area. The deceased was identified as Sandeep Chaudhary (30) from the village of Mumta in Nagrota Bagwan of Kangra.
The police registered a case and took possession of the body. Over the past five years, more than two dozen paragliders have crashed at various locations in Kangra and Mandi districts after taking off from Billing and 10 pilots, including foreigners, have died.
Sandeep had come to Bir Billing with his friends and decided to experience paragliding.
The safety harness loosened a few minutes after take-off
He fell on the roof of a house near Bir from a height of about 150 feet after the belt and harness came off a few minutes after takeoff.
On October 16, a paraglider pilot’s assistant died after becoming entangled in ropes while helping take off at the Irunag site in Kangra.
His tangled frame struck the ground from a height, killing him instantly. Earlier in January this year, a paraglider pilot went missing after taking off from the Billing area in Kangra’s Baijanth sub-division. His body was found five months later, at the end of May, in the Dhauladhar range.


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