According to those closest to him, he was on Tungku beach training a para glider enthusiast. There were no plans to fly, in fact it was just a kiting training on the ground. Kiting is one of the first step of training every paraglider has to go through before they are allowed to fly.
His trainee said that it all happened so fast. They’ve just finished their first session, and he was ready to pack his things. He was not facing Junaidi when the incident happened. All of a sudden he said that he heard a loud crash, and saw that Junaidi was on the ground.
He and Junaidi’s son who was on the scene, rushed to aid him. It was believed that a sudden gust of wind had carried Junaidi, when he was still on the ground getting ready to pack his gear, while his harness was still attached to para chute.
When they were at Junaidi’s side they could see that Junaidi had landed face first on to the hard ground. The paramedics was immediately called and he was rushed to RIPAS hospital.
Friends and families flocked to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed to be in very critical condition. At the moment he is on respirator, and is still unconscious. His friends and families hopes that he is strong enough to pull through where doctors have said that his life is hanging by a thread.
Junaidi Hj Jumat along with his wife Siti Khadijah are the first Brunei Pioneer paragliders, where they have represented Brunei Darussalam in an unofficial capacity, to numerous world paragliding events. They’ve competed and won several regional events organised by Malaysia and Indonesia, and are well known in the paragliding community in the region.
This year it was announced that the SEA Games in Indonesia will be holding the first ever paragliding event, and Junaidi along with Siti, have been seeking members to join the paragliding wagon, so that Brunei may compete in the event.
Junaidi’s brother-in-law, explained that Junaidi’s condition is very, very critical, and that he has suffered a fractured skull along with several broken bones. He said that although Junaidi is very experienced, accidents such as this could not be foreseen.
It shows us how life is fragile, we can only hope for the best for Junaidi, and he urges fellow members and those who knows him, to pray for his swift recovery.