Cops rule out weather, wind as cause of fatal paraglider accident


KUALA LUMPUR: Weather and wind factors have been ruled out as the cause of the fatal incident involving a paraglider who crashed into a tree in Bukit Batu Pahat, Kuala Kubu Baru, on Saturday (April 24).

Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt Arsad Kamaruddin (pic) said that the incident occurred due to a technical problem which has yet to be identified, resulting in the victim being stuck in a tree at a height of 12.19m above the ground.

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"Preliminary investigations by the police found that the victim made two jumps on the day of the incident, and further investigation found that the incident had no criminal elements.

"Police have also opened an investigation paper classifying it as sudden death,” he said in a statement today.

On Saturday, Mohammad Farhad Khalid, 44, died after suffering injuries while paragliding in Bukit Batu Pahat, Kuala Kubu Baru.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department received an emergency call regarding the incident at 4.56pm Saturday, and seven personnel from the Kuala Kubu Baru Fire and Rescue station were deployed to the scene.

The firefighters took two hours to lower the victim, from Subang Jaya, due to the height and location of the tree.

Several Orang Asli who were at the crash site had climbed up the tree and secured the victim with lines from the paraglider to ensure that he did not fall.

However, Farhad was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical team. - Bernama

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