Cause of accident still unclear
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 47-year-old Japanese man died after he crashed while paragliding over the
mountains of Pingtung County, reports said Saturday.
The cause of the accident was not yet known, with a mistake or a sudden side wind listed as possible causes, according to local emergency services.
The Japanese man, who has not been named, was reportedly part of a group taking paragliding exercises at the Saijia camp in Sandimen, a popular tourist destination in the mountains of Pingtung County, reports said.
At around 3:56 p.m., the man reportedly lost control over his sail at an altitude of 100 meters, and plummeted down in a spiral movement, according to eyewitnesses. When the emergency services arrived on the scene, they found the man with both legs broken and no sign of life.
They took him to the Pingtung division of the Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, but to no avail, reports said. [FULL STORY]