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Forum Admin wrote:We deeply regret to inform you that our friend and Team India Pilot Dilip Kotecha passed away on 15th July 2012 in Sopot, Bulgaria. He was participating in 2012 PWC-Sopot. He died due to paragliding accident. We are awaiting further details.
An experienced PG pilot, Dilip was part of the Team India which won the ‘Bronze’ at the recent 3rd FAI Asian Paragliding Championship in China.
His death is a great loss to the PG community in India. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
Vijay Soni reported this incident from Bulgaria.
Dilip Kotecha’s profile - as published on Himalayan Odyssey site -
His instinct to love nature and wildlife was somewhat challenging born into the busy city of Pune, India, however, Dilip did his best. When he found an injured bird, he nursed it daily supervising the recovery until it was ready to fly 3 weeks later. Standing at the top of the hill watching it fly away Dilip knew he also wished to take off. In 1995 aged 27yrs, he completed a short course in paragliding, then a new activity in India. The general safety and knowledge was very basic and in fact dangerous, though this did not deter his dream of flying and flew as regular as possible at popular sites nearby to home in Panchganni and Kamshet. These opportunities developed his skills and founded friendships with other pilots which enabled trips to Europe in 1999 where he flew in new, different and challenging sites. In 2000 he made his first Pre PWC competition in The Himalayas, Bir, and continues too to date. In 2007 he was involved in the organisation of the event also. Since 2004 he has represented India in International PWC competitions and in 2009 Dilip obtained the First Indian Victory Serial Class in Pre PWC on Foreign soil, in Serbia. He holds the unofficial distance record of 114.5 km kms record and 1st in world altitude gain on the global flight database of Leonardo.com 5167 mtrs (both in Western Ghats)
Genuine motivation and passion to develop creates a great energy that is an attribute to paragliding, especially in India where there is, and has been obstacles to inhibit it’s growth. Dilip has much to offer a team, as well as a being a successful business man with family responsibilities, he is also a dedicated, adventurous Pilot willing to explore, push the limits and go beyond....