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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 »

BASE Jumpers Survive Plunge Only to Drown in Big Sur Waves

It's a technical, short jump to a small landing spot at the water's edge

(Newser) - Two BASE jumpers swept into the Pacific Ocean after plunging 280 feet from the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur last week are presumed dead. Authorities found a helmet and parachute on the beach on Saturday, reports CBS News , and are piecing together the details of the Jan. 20 jump that... More »

Plane's Parachute Helps Save Life of Ex-Walmart CEO

Bill Simon comes down relatively unscathed in Arkansas

(Newser) - A parachute helped save the life of a pilot in trouble, but not in the traditional manner. In this case, the parachute was attached to the plane, not a human, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette . The drama unfolded Tuesday morning after former Walmart CEO Bill Simon ran into trouble with... More »

Army Skydiver Dies From Chicago Air Show Injuries

Corey Hood was an Iraq, Afghanistan vet

(Newser) - Tragedy for the Army's Golden Knights: Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, a parachutist who served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two Bronze Stars, has died from injuries suffered at the Chicago Air & Water Show . A Golden Knights spokeswoman says the 32-year-old from Cincinnati was knocked... More »

Parachutist Saved by Pal in Mid-Air After Chute Fails

It happened at a military air show in the UK

(Newser) - Somebody owes his work buddy a beer: Spectators at a military air show in Britain watched an unplanned but dazzling display of skill as one parachutist rescued a colleague in mid-air, reports the Telegraph . A member of the army's Red Devils aerial team began hurtling to the ground when... More »

Google Exec Sets Space Jump Record

Alan Eustace jumps from 25 miles up

(Newser) - A 57-year-old Google executive is the world's new space daredevil. Alan Eustace yesterday traveled more than 25 miles up to the top of the stratosphere in a balloon and then parachuted back down to earth in Roswell, NM, at speeds of up to 822mph, reports the New York Times ... More »

'Mystery Man' Flies Past Plane at 3K Feet

Pilots say man whizzed by plane over Manchester, England

(Newser) - Pilots flying over England this summer were shocked to see what looked like a man whizzing by the aircraft at about 3,500 feet, the Daily Mail reports via Yahoo . According to Britain's Airprox Board, which investigates such matters, the passenger plane was making a descent to Manchester on... More »

WWII Paratrooper Finally Makes First Jump

He gets his wings more than 70 years after training

(Newser) - More than 70 years after he first trained as a paratrooper, a Canadian World War II veteran has finally jumped out of a plane. Ralph Mayville, 92, served in the elite US-Canadian "Devil's Brigade" for years but was never called upon to jump. On the weekend, he did... More »

Men Who Jumped From WTC Turn Themselves In

'Exhilarating' stunt exposed security flaw, they say

(Newser) - A group of daredevils suspected of parachuting from 1 World Trade Center into Manhattan last year have admitted that they did it—and it was great. The group turned themselves into police yesterday after investigators tracked them down, reports the New York Times . One of the men says the stunt... More »

'James Bond' Olympics Skydiver Dies in Accident

Mark Sutton hit mountain ridge while wing-diving

(Newser) - Mark Sutton, the stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died in a wing-diving accident yesterday. Sutton, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 10,826 feet in Switzerland wearing a "wingsuit," an aerodynamic jumpsuit that increases the body's surface area and... More »

Man Tied to Skyjacker DB Cooper Murdered

Earl Cossey packed famous parachutes

(Newser) - A man in Washington state has been murdered more than 40 years after he packed the parachutes used by skyjacker DB Cooper . Earl Cossey, a former skydiving instructor, was found dead in his home of blunt force trauma to the head and investigators say they have no reason to believe... More »

Navy SEAL Killed in Parachute Accident

He collided with anoher SEAL during training in Arizona

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL was killed today during a parachute training exercise near Tucson, reports the Arizona Republic . The SEAL collided in mid-air with another SEAL, and the second man remains hospitalized in stable condition. Both men, from the East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit, were practicing free-fall maneuvers when they... 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 »

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 »

Base Jumper Stuck on Cliff Calls Lover, Falls to Death

He calmed pregnant girlfriend as he awaited rescue 3 hours

(Newser) - A British base jumper spent three terrifying hours stuck on an inaccessible cliff face on the Greek island of Zakynthos before falling to his death. The 41-year-old jumper, whose parachute became snagged after winds blew him back onto the cliff he had jumped from, phoned and texted his seven-month-pregnant girlfriend... More »

2 Skydivers Die After Colliding in Air

Plunged almost 400 feet to their deaths

(Newser) - Two skydivers died in California yesterday after their chutes collided when the two were about 300 to 400 feet in the air, causing them to plummet, reports the AP . The men were pronounced dead on the scene after emergency workers failed to resuscitate them. Patrick McGowan, 42, was an instructor... More »

Daredevil Leaps From Antarctic Peak

Russian endures extreme cold for 9,600ft base jump

(Newser) - Russian daredevil Valery Rozov has made a record-breaking base jump in a region even colder than his homeland. Rozov and his team endured temperatures below -22F to scale Antarctica's 9,613-foot Ulvetanna mountain, the Telegraph reports. He then leaped from the peak wearing a wing suit and flew for 45... More »

Teacher Gets 30 Years for Skydiving Murder

Jealous jumper Els Clottemans sabotaged victim's chutes

(Newser) - A Belgian woman involved in a skydiving love triangle has been found guilty of murdering her rival by sabotaging her parachute , and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Schoolteacher Els Clottemans, 26, disabled the victim's parachute because she was jealous of the woman's involvement with a Dutch skydiver, prosecutors said.... More »

Skydiver Accused of Killing Love Rival Via Parachute

Prosecutors say she sabotaged victim's chutes

(Newser) - A Belgian woman has gone on trial in Brussels, accused of murdering a love rival by sabotaging her parachute and causing her to plunge to her death. Els "Babs" Clottemans allegedly tampered with the main and reserve chutes of experienced skydiver Els Van Doran, who died after crashing into... More »

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