Illegal paraglider operator indicted for manslaughter
The head of an illegal paraglider operation in Pingtung, Southern Taiwan, has been indicted for manslaughter after one of its patrons fell to his death early this year.
The Pingtung District Prosecutors Office noted that a 21-member group of South Koreans visited Saijia, Pingtung, in January to go paragliding.
One of them, a 51-year-old man surnamed Lee, fell from the sky after his paraglider took off and collided with another paraglider piloted by a Canadian man.
The operation was run by a man surnamed Su, who ostensibly runs a high-tech company, and he had not applied to the Pingtung County Government for a license to operate. He charged his customers NT$1,500 (US$48) per flight.
Su, who himself is also a paragliding instructor, has been operating illegally in Saijia for years and has previously been fined NT$10,000 by the county government for the same offense.
Prosecutors said that Su, despite being aware that he was operating without a license and without proper security facilities, caused the death of the South Korean.