CEO Dies in Parachute Accident & # 39; fluke & # 39; in the Window of God a few days before his birthday



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The CEO of one of the largest skills training companies in South Africa fell to his death while doing paragliding in Mpumalanga this week.

While the South African Wing and Paragliding Association (SAHPA) is gathering details of what happened as part of its investigation, the death of Chris Hersov shocked the fraternity.

His wife, Bianca, shared on Facebook that his soul mate died "in a paragliding accident" on Tuesday at God's Window.

"I was truly blessed to be married to the most honorable [sic] man I've ever met and we look forward to celebrating and honoring your life with all of you, "she said.

Hersov led the Arc Skills in Johannesburg.

The father of two died a few days before his 56th birthday while in Mpumalanga for the 2019 Barberton Paragliding Nationals.

One day before the incident, he shared a photo of competitors and blue skies, telling how excited he was to compete in the competition for the first time.

"Disappointing, but there's a lot to learn here with these guys," he wrote on Facebook.

On Friday, SAHPA spokesman Ronnie Beukes said the competition was canceled on the day of the incident and the group wanted to fly to the Window of God.

However, Hersov and another man were the only ones to do so.

The Lowvelder reported that, according to preliminary investigations, a part of Hersov's glider folded inward, leading him to a turn.

Beukes said it was too soon to speculate.

"We are taking this very seriously and the committee will meet next week."

They were in the process of talking to eyewitnesses and inspecting the equipment.

Beukes said he wanted to find out what went wrong and how he could avoid similar incidents in the future.

It is understood that Hersov's body was in Nelspruit and would be flown to Pretoria next week.

Friends, colleagues and relatives shared his best memories of Hersov on social media, describing him as an enthusiastic athlete who lived life to the fullest.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe confirmed that he had opened an inquiry.

Hersov's life will be celebrated at St. Andrews School on Monday afternoon, on what would have been his birthday.

His wife shared: "Because Chris's standard answer to my question" What do you want for your birthday? It's always been something that flies, please bring some balloons filled with helium to the service to be released after worship, to wish that he is on the way to where flying is always possible. "

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