In a tragic mid-air accident, a paraglider pilot in Kalimpong, West Bengal, has been killed while trying to save his passenger during the flight.
Purushottam Timsina, a 22-year-old paraglider pilot, was in the middle of his flight with passenger Gaurav Choudhary, when the parachute snapped suddenly, leaving the two spiralling in the air, reported .
The brave pilot continued to pilot the damaged vehicle till the end, holding onto his passenger till impact. The incident took place on Saturday, 24 November, reported .
While Choudhary survived the impact with only a broken leg, Timsina received more serious injuries, later succumbing to them.
The glider ride took off from Deolo tourist lodge and was supposed to make a landing at Ronaldsay Park, according to a report.
The video was recorded by Choudhary, who was using a selfie camera to record what was meant to be the experience of a lifetime. The camera eventually ended up recording the entire incident. The video was later shared on a Facebook page called “We Love Siliguri”.
Officials have said that they are currently investigating the matter to find out whether safety procedures were followed properly before the flight, reported .>