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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 »

Giffords Marks 3rd Anniversary of Shooting With Skydive

Tucson ceremonies remember victims

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords marked the third anniversary of being shot in the head in Tucson by, of all ways, skydiving. Elsewhere across the city, others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies to remember the six killed and 13 injured—including the former Arizona congresswoman—on Jan. 8, 2011. Giffords waved and... 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 »

11 Parachutists Dead in Plane Crash

Witnesses say wing broke off plane in Belgium

(Newser) - A plane carrying parachutists for a skydiving trip crashed in southern Belgium today, killing all 11 people aboard, officials say. Minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield near the city of Namur, witnesses saw part of a wing break off, sending the plane into a spiraling nosedive... More »

Escape Artist to Free Self From Coffin, While Skydiving

Anthony Martin expects to escape after 40 second of free fall

(Newser) - Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained, and locked inside a wooden casket ... that is subsequently dropped from an airplane. That's the scenario Anthony Martin faces later today when he takes to the sky over Serena in northern Illinois. The escape artist has a long history of impressive feats... 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 »

Baumgartner Broke the Sound Barrier

Parachute has deployed, daredevil headed back to Earth

(Newser) - In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier today while making the highest jump ever—a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert. Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph,... 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 »

80-Year-Old Skydiver Slips Out of Harness

Laverne Everett takes a scary skydive in California

(Newser) - Octogenarian skydiving won't exactly catch on after this video goes viral. Laverne Everett was celebrating birthday No. 80 with her first skydive when, at the last second, she became reluctant to jump, Huffington Post reports. The man going with her pushed Everett out, and the pair tumbled out over... 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 Killed in Competition

Diver died of injury from 'swooping'

(Newser) - A skydiving expert with more than 8,000 jumps under his belt died at a skydiving competition in San Diego over the weekend, reports the New York Daily News . Sean Carey, who also taught skydiving to Navy SEALs, was supposed to be "swooping," a difficult maneuver in which... 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 »

Skydiving Sex? No Problem, Says FAA

Agency says viral video broke no rules

(Newser) - Apparently there are no FAA rules against skydiving porn. After a skydiving instructor made a tape that redefined the Mile High Club, the agency investigated—and found that no regulations were broken, the AP reports. The film proves that the physical intimacy didn’t even distract the pilot, the FAA... More »

FAA Probing Calif. Aerial Sex Stunt

Skydiving hijinks may have distracted pilot, say officials

(Newser) - A high-flying California sex stunt has caught the attention of FAA officials. They're investigating two skydivers filmed having sex in a plane before jumping into the wild blue yonder—still in "tandem." Sky-diving instructor Alex Torres, who also works as a porn actor, made the video in... 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 »

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