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In Fatal Tandem Jump, an Issue With the Teacher

FAA is still investigating deaths of Yong Kwon, Tyler Turner

(Newser) - The director of an organization that certifies skydivers said Thursday that the instructor who led a tandem jump in Northern California that turned fatal didn't have the required advanced parachuting certificate, the AP reports. The Federal Aviation Administration requires tandem-jump instructors to receive training and a certificate from the... More »

Seizure Knocks Skydiver Unconscious Mid-Fall

Christopher Jones, 22, says 5K-foot free-fall 'possibly scariest moment of my life'

(Newser) - For 30 terrifying seconds, Christopher Jones plummeted through the air over Australia, unconscious and in free fall after suffering a seizure just seconds after jumping out of a plane, NBC News reports. Jones' video of the Nov. 14 incident, which he posted yesterday, already has nearly 4 million views. It... More »

Teen Survives 3,500-Foot Fall

Mackenzie Wethington recovering after skydiving accident

(Newser) - An absolutely amazing story out of Oklahoma, where a Texas 16-year-old survived a 3,500-foot fall in a skydiving mishap—and didn't even require any surgery for her injuries. Mackenzie Wethington, who went skydiving Saturday as a birthday present from her parents, slammed into the ground, yet somehow only... More »

Marine Dies on Vacation Wife Won on Ellen

Brandon McGraw dead in Australian skydiving accident

(Newser) - A Marine and his wife were in Australia last week on a trip they won on Ellen DeGeneres' show in January, but it ended in tragedy when the Marine was killed in a skydiving accident. Cherilyn McGraw made a tandem jump in Euroa, north of Melbourne, on Saturday, but husband... More »

Renowned Base Jumper Dies After Hitting Cliff

Mario Richard, 47, killed in Italy

(Newser) - A week after a famed stuntman died jumping from a helicopter in a wingsuit, another daredevil has been killed attempting a similar feat. Mario Richard, a leading American base jumper, died while wingsuit flying in the Dolomites in Italy on Monday. He was 47. The New York Times says that... More »

Bad Weather Delays Crazy Supersonic Sky-Dive

Felix Baumgartner plans to make leap on Tuesday

(Newser) - Felix Baumgartner has already sky-dived from 13 miles up and 18 miles up —so what's a leap of 23 miles that shatters the sound barrier? Well, it at least requires good weather, so the record-breaking dive has been bumped from Monday to Tuesday to avoid strong winds and... More »

Parachutist Jumps From 18 Miles Up

'Fearless Felix' Baumgartner well on his way to 23-mile jump

(Newser) - Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner is working his way up to a record-breaking jump from 23 miles up , and today he jumped from a height of more than 18 miles. His altitude was an estimated 96,640 feet—almost three times more than the cruising altitude for planes, the AP... More »

Man Skydives ... Without a Parachute

Stuntman Gary Connery uses 'wingsuit' in first-of-its-kind stunt

(Newser) - Hollywood stuntman Gary Connery did something no one else had ever attempted today, diving out of a helicopter from 2,400 feet—without a parachute. Instead, the 42-year-old was relying on a "wingsuit" to slow him down and a stack of 18,600 cardboard boxes to break his fall,... More »

Daredevil Leaps From 13 Miles Up

Felix Baumgartner now halfway to skydiver record

(Newser) - An Austrian skydiver fell farther than anybody has fallen in 50 years yesterday, but he's still only halfway to making a record. "Fearless" Felix Baumgartner rode a pressurized capsule 13.6 miles up—as high as 57 Empire State Buildings and more than twice as high as commercial... More »

Skydiver Plans Jump From Edge of Space

Felix Baumgartner will fall from 23 miles up

(Newser) - If you have a fear of heights, don’t read on: An Austrian adventurer plans to jump from the very edge of space later this year, falling from the dizzying height of about 23 miles. (That's 120,000 feet; for comparison's sake, consider that the average passenger plane... More »

Veteran Skydiver Dies After Midair Collision

Ash White was jumping for fun, not for work, when he collided with another diver

(Newser) - A 40-year-old skydiving instructor collided with another jumper in a dive over Hawaii yesterday, knocking him unconscious and causing him to plummet to his death, Hawaii News Now reports. Ash White was on a "fun jump," a non-working first jump of the morning. Skydive Hawaii’s president witnessed... More »

Top Thrills for Your Holiday Buck

Challenge yourself and whatever unfortunates you bring along in these nail-biting vacation adventures

(Newser) - Timid vacationers whose idea of a good time is a book and a beach chair need not peruse this list of adventures, compiled by Forbes.
  1. Dive with sharks in the Bahamas (
  2. Fly a fighter jet in California (
  3. High-altitude skydiving in Memphis ( )
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