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Paraglider Dies After Crashing Into Concrete Slope In Kota Kinabalu

Paraglider Dies After Crashing Into Concrete Slope In Kota Kinabalu

A sudden strong gust of wind caused the victim to crash on a concrete slope.

Fernando Fong

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A paraglider died after crashing into a concrete slope in the Pan Borneo highway construction area.

The incident happened in Manggatal, Kota Kinabalu, at around 2 pm on Friday (30 Dec).

The 26-year-old man was understood to have landed with a passenger after flying from Bukit Kokol nearby but was blown away by strong winds before crashing and dying at the scene.

An ambulance arriving at the scene of the incident. (Pix: Astro Awani)

However, before the incident, the victim managed to untie the safety rope that bound his passenger immediately after landing.

Acting Kota Kinabalu District Police Chief, Supt Kalsom Idris, was quoted by Astro Awani that the accident is still under investigation by the police.

He said the victim’s body had been taken to the Queen Elizabeth I Hospital, and the case is currently classified as sudden death.

What Type Of Sport Is Paragliding?

Paragliding is a type of extreme sport found in the early 1980s by people interested in aerial sports, and it allows one to run off the slopes with free parachutes. 

It is generally considered a safe activity, but some risks are involved.

These include injuries from crashes, getting lost or stranded in remote areas, and exposure to bad weather.

Gliders can remain flying as long as there is a lift available.

Using prevailing winds blowing up a slope, a glider can be flown for as long as the wind blows.

Feel The Unique Experience Of Flying

In recent times, paragliding has gained popularity in Sabah, with many netizens sharing their experience on social media.

@borneoparaglidersranau tandem paragliding at Borneo paragliders ranau. for booking direct wassap- 01135454878 or visit ig: borneoparaglidersranau_. #fypシ #sabah #ranau #tour #jalanjalan #tempatmenariksabah #tempatmenarikranau ♬ original sound – borneoparaglidersranau

Ranau in the West Coast Division of Sabah is among the top paragliding spots due to its hilly, highland landscape. 

Paragliding is a thrilling sport, but it is safe when done with a qualified instructor.

You can relax but need to focus throughout the flight.

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