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Skydiver Told Wife He Wasn't Going to Pull Cord

Costansa Litellini was 'moments too late' to save her husband

(Newser) - Costansa Litellini ran into Florida's Skydive DeLand on Tuesday begging them not to let her husband go up in a plane, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But the plane, with 27-year-old Capotorto Vitantonio inside, had already taken off. Vitantonio's body was found face down in a field a short... More »

She Survived 3.5K-Foot Fall, Just Won $760K Over It

Texas teen Makenzie Wethington says parachute malfunctioned

(Newser) - A Texas girl whose 16th birthday present almost killed her has been awarded $760,000—more than $200 for each of the approximately 3,500 feet she plunged after her parachute malfunctioned. Makenzie Wethington, now 19, suffered internal injuries as well as a broken pelvis, lumbar spine, and shoulder blade... More »

Skydiver to Jump From 25K Feet With No Chute

Luke Aikins' stunt will be broadcast live on Fox Saturday

(Newser) - An hour-long live TV special on Fox Saturday will lead up to two holding-your-breath minutes in which a veteran skydiver will leap out of a plane at 25,000 feet (no biggie) without something one usually needs for such a jump (kind of a biggie): a parachute. Per the AP... More »

Skydiving Student Found Dead With 'No Harness'

'She came completely out of whatever and dropped to the ground'

(Newser) - Sheralynn Neff took part in at least five skydives over the weekend, so her last on Sunday should have been routine, reports the Hutchinson News . Instead, the 26-year-old's parachute landed without her. Crews in Cushing, Okla., searched for 16 hours before discovering the body of the Kansas woman—whom... More »

5 Killed in Hawaii Skydiving Plane Crash

Cessna burst into flames just after takeoff

(Newser) - Five people died in Hawaii Monday morning when a skydiving tour ended in disaster. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman tells NBC that the single-engine Cessna 182, carrying two skydivers, two tandem instructors, and the pilot, crashed into a field shortly after taking off from Kauai's Port Allen airport. Four... More »

Ex-Marine Dies in Unexplained Parachuting Accident

James Stremmel had jumped more than 1,800 times

(Newser) - A former Marine died Saturday in a tragic and still-unexplained parachuting accident in North Carolina, WRAL reports. James Stremmel was diving for the second or third time that day when his parachute apparently gave him trouble: "He was setting up his parachute; he was setting up for landing and... More »

Skydivers Cheat Death With Early Jump

13 escape just moments before plane crashes into lake

(Newser) - They went out to skydive for fun and ended up leaping for their lives. The pilot and all 12 skydivers on a light plane escaped without serious injury after the aircraft suffered engine failure and crashed into a lake in New Zealand today, the BBC reports. Officials say the plane... More »

Instructor, Student Killed in Skydiving Accident

Pair apparently hit building near Cape Cod Airfield

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration and local authorities are probing the deaths of two skydivers yesterday evening. The instructor and student, both adult males, were found next to a garage across the street from the Cape Cod Airfield, reports NECN . "We responded to the scene and we observed two people—... More »

George Bush Skydives for 90th Birthday

Keeps promise he made 5 years ago

(Newser) - It wasn't that long ago that George HW Bush was thought to be on death's door at the hospital . Today, though, he marked his 90th birthday in style—by skydiving, reports CNN . Bush jumped out of a helicopter tethered to a retired member of the Army's Golden... More »

3 Jump to Safety Before Plane Crash Kills 8

Crash is Finland's worst air disaster in decades

(Newser) - Three people, including the pilot, managed to jump to safety using parachutes when a plane carrying skydivers experienced trouble over western Finland; another eight were killed when the aircraft crashed and caught fire, the BBC reports. Witnesses saw the three jump from the American-made Comp Air 8 light utility aircraft... More »

Skydiver Killed During World Record Attempt

Parachute failed during 222-person jump

(Newser) - Another attempt to smash a skydiving world record has ended in tragedy. One of 222 skydivers from 28 countries died as the team attempted to free-fall from 18,000 feet and come together in two formations before pulling their parachutes, reports the Arizona Republic . The woman, a 46-year-old from... 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 »

Midair Collision Kills 2 Skydivers

Arizona group was trying to break formation record

(Newser) - Two skydivers were killed and another injured last night in a midair collision involving members of a group trying to smash formation skydiving records in Arizona. Witnesses say the skydivers were 200 to 300 feet above the ground when they collided, causing them to fall to the ground as their... More »

Man With MS Makes Record Everest Leap

Frenchman skydived over highest mountain

(Newser) - A Frenchman with multiple sclerosis says he is exhausted, bruised, but very happy after becoming the first disabled man to skydive over Mount Everest. Marc Kopp, 55, swapped his wheelchair for a horse for the long journey to a Himalayan airstrip before jumping out of a helicopter at 38,000... More »

Tandem Jump Turns Deadly in Mississippi

Equipment malfunction eyed in crash that killed instructor

(Newser) - A skydiving teacher in Mississippi was killed and the student he was on a tandem jump with was critically injured after an apparent equipment malfunction. Other skydivers said there appeared to be some "entanglement with the lines" before the pair crashed into a remote swamp, the local sheriff tells... More »

Camera May Hold Clues in Skydivers' Deaths

Icelandic instructor, student die in Florida jump

(Newser) - Authorities probing the deaths of two men in a skydiving accident in Florida on Saturday hope a helmet camera worn by one of them will provide some clues, Tampa Bay Online reports. The instructor and student, both from Iceland, were found dead in a wooded area about a mile from... More »

'Fearless Felix' Fell Faster Than We Knew

Felix Baumgartner plummeted at 843.6 mph

(Newser) - Felix Baumgartner not only broke the sound barrier , he fell faster than anyone knew. Numbers released today show that the Austrian parachutist dove headfirst from a giant helium balloon over New Mexico at 843.6 mph, not the 834 mph first estimated, the AP reports. Which means he plummeted at... More »

Wind Derails Hypersonic Skydive From Space

Daredevil postpones 23-mile stunt

(Newser) - A healthy sense of his own mortality couldn't stop Felix Baumgartner from hurling himself from the stratosphere in an experimental spacesuit, but a little wind could. Baumgartner was planning to take a record-setting 23-mile dive today that would have given scientists their first look at the effect breaking the... 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 »

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