Fethiye Times’ weekly round up of the local news.

Paragliding All Year Long

Paragliding from the imposing Babadag mountain above Fethiye is a popular attraction and 2014 has seen over 90,000 people take the leap.

The local authorities are keen to see this lucrative attraction continue to grow and, as part of an ongoing investment programme, have just opened a new runway at 1,200m above sea level.

The new runway promises to provide an all year launch pad. So when the launch pads at 1,900 meters, 1,800 and 1,700 are in accessible due to snow the new runway should be clear. Improvements will also be made to the approach roads it was reported.

Lorry Collides with Dolmus

A truck travelling on the main D400 road collided with a dolmus carrying passengers on the Fethiye – Yenievler route last Monday at 11am.

The collision occurred on a traffic signal controlled junction.

Security camera footage taken from a nearby private business premises shows the lorry colliding with the rear of the mini bus as it crossed on front.

The force of the collision turned the mini bus on its side and it slid down the road.

Tragically, two passengers of the mini bus were reported to have died at the scene.

The mini bus driver and three other passengers were injured.

An investigation has been launched.

First Snow on Mountains

It was a wet end to the week with frequent thunderstorms and torrential rain sweeping the area.

The high winds forecast for Thursday did not arrive but some areas further down the coast were hit by flash flooding as rain in the mountains made its way to the sea.

The first white capped mountains of autumn could be spied on Saturday from Fethiye.

Soon, nearly all the surrounding mountains will have a white cap.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 3.50 Turkish Lira by the close of business on Friday. The week before it bought 3.60.