Pilot killed in paragliding accident, passenger injured

Gangtok, 03 Apr:

A paraglider pilot was killed and the passenger sustained grievous injuries in an unfortunate accident that occurred at Reshithang in East Sikkim this evening.

The pilot, Santosh Rai, from Gangtok, was declared brought dead in the hospital while the 11-year-old passenger from Kolkata is currently undergoing treatment at the Central Referral Hospital here.

Preliminary police investigation into the incident has established that the incident took place between 4 to 4:30 PM when the line on the parachute snapped before landing and the duo crashed into the concrete gallery at Khel Gaon in Reshithang.

Both were immediately rushed to the CRH where the pilot, who sustained grievous head and other injuries, was declared brought dead.

It is informed that the 11-year-old also sustained injuries including fractured ribs.