Newspaper article China Post

Man Dies in Nantou Paragliding Accident

Newspaper article China Post

Man Dies in Nantou Paragliding Accident

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A man died in a paragliding accident in Puli, Nantou County on Saturday, with initial investigations pointing to a failed takeoff.

The paraglider took off from Puli's Hushan - a popular location for the sport - spiraling to heights of up to 200 meters before crashing to the ground below, reports say.

One side of the paraglider's wing snagged while the man surnamed Lu, who was about 50 years old, was in the air.

Before Lu could attempt to resolve the problem, he plummeted to the ground, crashing into a mountain slope used by local paragliders for takeoff.

Other reports suggested that Lu had glided into turbulent air space, leaving him unable to completely open the wings of his paraglider. Eyewitnesses reported seeing Lu rapidly spiraling in the air before falling.

When paramedics and police arrived at the scene, the man was already dead from head injuries. According to reports, his head had cracked upon impact even though he was wearing a helmet.

Initial reports circulated a gruesome photo of a blood-splattered pavement where the paraglider lay after crash-landing. …

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