Paraglider And Tourist Dead After British Resort Crash

Story BySibel AbdiuSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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This is the moment a tragic tourist and his paraglider pilot are found after the pair lost control and crashed while flying in tandem near a resort popular with Brits.

The accident happened after the pair jumped in tandem from the 1,969 metre (6,460 ft) Babadag mountain near the resort of Oludeniz, near the town of Fethiye in south-western Turkey’s Mugla Province.

Pilot Mustafa Kemal Ozturk, 38, and tourist Zarak Zaheer, 27, from Pakistan, appeared to take off normally but their chute appeared to close and they crashed onto rocks.

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Shocked eyewitnesses called the National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) and the police who used a drone to determine the exact location of the pair in an area of craggy rocks.

But by the time the seven-strong rescue team from the Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) reached them, both Mr Ozturk and Mr Zaheer had died.

It is believed that Mr Ozturk went off course in thick fog and crashed into rocks at an altitude of about 1,100 metres (3,609 ft).

He was a single man and an experienced paraglider pilot who had been taking tourists on tandem jumps for about 15 years.

Rescuers have not yet succeeded in removing the bodies of the pair from where they crashed.

A helicopter was sent to the scene but it was unable to get close enough to winch the bodies on board because of the foggy conditions.

Oludeniz stands at the meeting of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, while Fethiye has been dubbed Little Britain because of the 5,000 Brits who have homes there.

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Sibel Abdiu

I have worked as a correspondent covering news from Turkey and Albania for several years now.

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