Horror moment paraglide goes badly wrong – killing tourist in mountain crash

A tourist caught on video crashing into a mountain seconds after taking off on a tandem paragliding ride has died in hospital without regaining consciousness.

The incident was filmed in the resort city of Sochi in the western Russian region of Krasnodar Krai when the victim took part in a paragliding ride with an experienced instructor.

In the footage, the pair take to the air while the excited novice films himself with a selfie stick.

While passing over the sloped mountaintop, the parachute appears to collapse in the strong wind and the pair plummet to the ground.



Both men fell a distance of around six metres (20 feet) and suffered head traumas, according to local media.

The instructor was hospitalised in a serious condition while the tourist was admitted in a coma he never woke up from, according to reports.

A hospital spokesman said: “Despite doctors’ best efforts, the 38-year-old man died without regaining consciousness.

“The other patient is still receiving medical assistant in hospital.”

It is currently unclear what caused the paraglider to lose control, but witnesses claim the wind was very strong at the time of take-off.

Yegor Terentyev, head of the Ultralight Aviation club in Sochi, said this was the first time that such an accident had taken place.

He added: “The instructor involved is very experienced and received his international certificate in December 2019.

“The club has decided to temporarily suspend its activities at the Rosa Khutor resort.”

The incident is being investigated by the local authorities.

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