September 29, 2019 / 10:31 AM / 21 days ago

Canadian tourist killed in paragliding accident in Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A Canadian man has died in a paragliding accident in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a popular tourist hotspot in East Africa, a Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) official said on Sunday.

He fell to his death after his parachute failed to open, Paschal Shelutete, senior assistant conservation commissioner at the state-run TANAPA told Reuters.

    Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is nearly 6,000 meters (20,000 ft) above sea level.

Shelutete named the man as 51-year-old Justin Kyllo, adding that his next of kin and the Canadian High Commission had been informed of the death.

“The accident took place on Saturday at around 9 am when the tourist’s parachute failed to open. He climbed the mountain on September 20 and tried to descend it by paragliding,” he said.

    Paragliding on Mount Kilimanjaro is a popular activity, where tourists get a chance to mix wildlife safari with a paragliding expedition, and such accidents are rare.

    Around 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually.

    Tourism is the main source of hard currency in Tanzania, generating around $2.5 billion a year.

Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by George Obulutsa and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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