Friday, June 28, 2019

Authority bans solo paragliding following third accident

The Civil Aviation Authority, Pokhara has banned paragliders from making solo flights following a series of deaths of adventure seekers while doing the sport in Pokhara.

Russian national Dmitril Stepanishin, who died while making a solo flight in Pokhara's sky on Tuesday, is the latest victim of a paragliding accident. This is the third paragliding accident this week alone.

According to Inspector Ganesh Subedi of the Kaski District Police Office, the incident occurred after he lost control of the paraglide soon after taking a solo flight from the Sarangkot Hill in Pokhara. He crashed into a hill at around 11:30 am.

Incapacitated in the accident, he was immediately rushed to the Metro City Hospital of Pokhara, where he breathed his last during the course of treatment, Subedi said.

Earlier on Sunday, Romanian national, Ebe Chisjer, 40, lost his life in a paragliding accident after he crash-landed into the Phewa Lake.

On Monday, two pilots were injured in a similar accident at Machhapuchchhre Rural Municipality and Modi Rural Municipality in the district.

Issuing a notice on Tuesday afternoon, the Civil Aviation Authority office stopped solo paragliding flights effective immediately until further notice. The office halted solo flights after the foreign pilots flew beyond the specified air space.

According to Bhola Prasad Guragain, chief of the Pokhara Civil Aviation office, the flights were halted for a few days to prevent accidents.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.