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Makenzie Wethington broke her pelvis, spine, shoulder, several ribs and a tooth in the fall

Glide up and escape from earth

'It's the nearest thing to a flying dream,' one enthusiast proclaimed. Rupert Isaacson on learning to paraglide over the Marlborough Downs

Branson says balloon design was flawed

Richard Branson and his teammates revealed that they had been only a minute from death as their Virgin Challenger balloon plummeted towards the ground at 30mph early last Wednesday morning. Yesterday, the three men declared themselves happy to be alive and back in Britain, saying they had had "the most fascinating, mixed 24 hours in our life".

Skydivers survive fall

Two Australian skydivers survived a 500-metre fall to the ground after they collided in mid-air. Hundreds of horrified spectators at the National Skydiving Championships at Corowa watched as the two skydivers' parachutes became entangled and they crashed into a paddock.

Network Sites: One way through the Festival queues

Andrew North skirts the Fringe in Edinburgh, and does his homework

Man who fell to earth `so lucky to be alive'

A paraglider who hit the ground at 100mph after falling to earth for more than a mile when his parachute collapsed described himself yesterday as "the luckiest person on earth".

next weekend...go hot air ballooning

Richard Branson blames global warming for yet another postponement of his round-the-world balloon flight, as Morocco suffers freak rainstorms. But there's nothing to stop you taking to the skies nearer home.

Branson's eight-mile safety net

Chris Arnot reports on a firm that has its feet on the ground

Air show of force

Air show of force

Belarus `regrets' balloon attack

Belarus `regrets' balloon attack

Belarus shoots down US balloon

Moscow - Belarus air defences have shot down a hot-air balloon, killing the two-man crew, both US nationals, the Belarus interior ministry announced. The incident took place on Tuesday near Bereza, 60 miles east of the Polish border. Belarus forces decided to bring down the balloon after they failed to establish contact with its crew. Police said that the pair were taking part in the Gordon Bennett Cup balloon race that began in Switzerland last week.

Flying is simple, I just wasn't sure it was a good idea

David Hallworth ran and ran, arms outstretched, then all at once the Jura lay beneath him

Unhappy landing

Unhappy landing

Hanging around: With the advent of motorised launches, the unique thrill of hang-gliding can now be had immediately. Tony Kelly strapped himself in

I had always imagined that hang- gliding consisted of long trudges up hills followed by the all-too-brief exhilaration of the flight. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find myself cruising at 400 ft within minutes of getting strapped up in a Norfolk field.

Fatal aerobatics

A FLYING club instructor and a naval officer died in a light aircraft crash after performing prohibited aerobatics, an accident report said. Colin Shaw, 59, of Trebarvah, Cornwall, and Lieutenant Rob Cuthbert, 34, from RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, died when the officer's Steen Skybolt went into a spin and crashed into the sea near Penzance, in June.

Balloon safe

A HOT-AIR balloon carrying six passengers made an emergency landing on a 20ft square garden lawn in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after running out of fuel.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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