GILGIT: A noted paraglider, Hidayatullah Baig, has crashed to death in Gupis valley of Ghizer District while paragliding during a football match.
According to police and local sources, the 32 years old parachuter, a resident of Gindai, Yasin valley, took off from a nearby mountain to perform paragliding during a football match on Tuesday.
However, he lost altitude due to strong winds and crashed in the middle of the ground sending shock waves among hundreds of football enthusiasts present at the site.
He was taken to a nearby health facility and later referred to the Combined Military Hospital Gilgit. However his condition deteriorated on the way to Gilgit and he was admitted to the Aga Khan Medical Centre, Singul, Punyal. During treatment he collapsed twice but resuscitated, Dr Khadija Bano told The High Asia Herald.
“Given his critical condition we asked the family members of Hidayat to shift him to CMH Gilgit but they insisted not to move him from the health centre,” she said.
He died at around 9pm after collapsing third time due to spinal shock, a condition in which reflexes are lost or reduced following a spinal cord injury, she said.
His body was taken to his hometown Gindai, Yasin and laid to rest.
According to media reports, Hidayat was a member of the Hindukush Association for Paragliding (HIKAP), Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
This was the third tragic incident of paragliding in GBC.
In May 2015, another paraglider, Muhammad Zaki from Lahore, had fallen to his death while paragliding around Ayeenabad, Gojal Tehsil of Hunza District. Zaki’s parachute hit a mountain near Ayeenabad due to strong winds.
On December 7, 2016, another paraglider, Shahzada Farhad Aziz, died in PIA’s plane crash near Havelian. He was also a flight enthusiast and accomplished paraglider.
Aziz was accompanying his daughter Tayyaba Aziz to Islamabad, where she was scheduled to appear in a university entrance test.