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CAAN suspends paragliding across Nepal

The Nepal Weekly
October 18, 2022

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has urged the paragliding companies across Nepal to immediately halt the adventure sport for the time being, after a paragliding athlete died in the course of competing in the 9th National Games underway in Pokhara on Sunday.

Nisim Thapa, a Nepal Army official participating in the ongoing 9th National Games in Pokhara, died Sunday morning while competing in the event. He died when the glider belonging to Blue Sky Company fell from the sky to the ground in Sarangkot while competing in the National Games.

According to CAAN spokesperson Jagannath Niraula, they have suspended paragliding until further notice. According to him, the government authority has taken the decision until more safety and improved management will be ensured for the adventure game.   

Thapa, after flying from Sarangkot, fell from a height of 100 meters and was sent to Metro City Hospital, where he was declared dead.