I have posted heaps of wing-suit videos in the past, marvelling at the blokes who do that. Mark Sutton, one of the best exponents at wing-suit flying, has died.
He wore three cameras to video what was meant to be a one-minute â€śwarm-upâ€ť in an event for a sports channel.
Daredevil Mark Sutton, 42, died 20 seconds afterÂ leaping from a helicopter at 10,800ftÂ in the Swiss Alps, it was revealed today.
He and jump partner Tony Uragallo each wore three cameras to video what was meant to be a one-minute â€śwarm-upâ€ť in an event for an online extreme sports channel.
The footage, showing some of the ex-Army officerâ€™s final moments as he exited the helicopter before veering out of view, has now been handed to Swiss police probing yesterdayâ€™s horrifying death plunge.
Tony, who had jumped moments before Mark, landed safely â€“ but then had to break the tragic news by telephone to his palâ€™s girlfriend Victoria Homewood, who was in Chamonix just over the French border.
EpicTV insisted they would not be releasing footage of his final moments.
A spokesman for the channel said: â€śIt was a three-day event and the people involved are among the best on the world.
â€śWednesday was the first day. A couple of successful helicopter flights had already taken place.
“Mark Sutton and Tony Uragallo were on the third flight of the day.
â€śThey were filming each other and Tony had Mark in view and then lost him. It is not known why.
â€śHe had not yet deployed his parachute. Tony, understandably, has chosen not to fly today.
â€śWe said it was for all the participants to decide whether to still go ahead with the event. They decided to go ahead in honour of Mark.â€ť
The pair leapt from 10,800ft with the intention of landing near the hamlet of Le Peuty, near Trient.
A police spokesman said: â€śHe hit the mountain at a speed of about 250km-an-hour. There was no chance of survival.â€ť
â€śThe body was so badly damaged on impact with the mountain that his family is unable to identify him by normal means.
â€śHis body cannot be presented to his family. DNA is being used to formally identify him.â€ť
At least he died doing what he loved.