Saudi paraglider plummets to death after parachute fails to open

Dubai: Saudi security forces retrieved the body of a Saudi paraglider who plunged to his death when his emergency parachute failed to open during a jump from the heights of the Al Hada mountains in Taif.

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Local media reported that the tragic accident happened when Amin Mutair Al Sufyani tried to jump off Jabal Al Kar on Friday evening.

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Following the devastating incident, Twitter users launched the hashtag #TaifMissingParaglider while several videos went viral on social media showing the moment Al Sufyani jumped off Jabal Al Kar and then disappeared from sight.

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Reports say he encountered a rough descent when his emergency parachute did not open due to strong winds.

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The videos circulated on social media were instrumental in helping security personnel to locate the site of his fall in the rugged terrain.

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The winds caused the paraglider to drify away from the safe zone toward where he was spotted by people. However, he failed to respond to calls over phone and a massive search was launched to find him. Police, with the help volunteers, eventually found his body following his fall in a rugged area at the bottom of Al Hada Mountain.

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According to reports from his social media followers, Al Sufyani’s death was likely caused by a parachute malfunction. They believe that the parachute failed to open during the jump.

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His brother, Redha, said Amin had a passion for paragliding and was a professional practitioner of the sport but bad weather could have been the cause of his tragic death.

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