An Indian pilot has been killed after his glider crashed during a flight over the Bulgarian town of Karlovo, police said.
The victim, identified as Delib, 44, was taking part in the ongoing Pre-World Paragliding Championship 2012 near the town of Sopot.
The Indian had 17 years of experience in paragliding and knew the terrain well, because of a previous visit here five years ago, explained Sotir Lazarkov, President of the Bulgarian national amateur flying that was organizing the event.
The victim was flying very low - between 150 and 120 m above the ground - when he was hit by a turbulent wave. He died on the spot after failing to throw the back-up parachute.