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Canadian tourist’s parachute fails to Start in Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Expires

Last updated on September 30, 2019

He dropped to his death after his parachute didn’t start, Paschal Shelutete, senior assistant conservation commissioner in the state-run TANAPA told Reuters.

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

The shelter called the man as 51-year-old Justin Kyllo, including that his next of kin and the Canadian High Commission was advised of the departure.

“The incident happened on Saturday at approximately 9 am once the tourist’s parachute failed to start. He climbed the mountain on September 20 and strove to descend it by paragliding,” he explained.

Paragliding on Mount Kilimanjaro is a favorite activity, in which tourists get an opportunity to combine wildlife safari with a paragliding expedition, and these accidents are infrequent.

Approximately 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually.

Tourism is the principal source of hard money in Tanzania, making around $2.5 billion annually.