Il­le­gal paraglider op­er­a­tor in­dicted for man­slaugh­ter

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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