A 51-year-old B.C. man has died in a parachute accident in Tanzania while taking part in a charity event on Mount Kilimanjaro.
A tweet by Tanzania Parks says Justin Kyllo died Saturday morning after an accident on the mountain at Stella Point.
Kyllo was the owner of Smoke and Bones BBQ, a restaurant and catering company in North Vancouver.
A social media post on September 14 explains that Kyllo and his wife Cheryl would be joining the Wings of Kilimanjaro team in less than a week and that it would take 7 days to reach the summit.
“Together they could potentially be the first couple to fly paragliders from the roof of Africa,” the Facebook post reads.
Billing itself as “The most exciting charity event in the world”, Kyllo first took part in the Wings of Kilimanjaro in 2013.
It is described as an “amazing endeavor to get 100 pilots to the summit and raise a million dollars for the people of Tanzania. Through these efforts WOK has been able to build an elementary school, supply clean water wells in the Maasai tribal lands, plant millions of trees and provide agricultural education and micro loans.”
with files from Canadian Press