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

Base jumpers hurl themselves off Kuala Lumpur Tower

Leaping off the Kuala Lumpur Tower from more than 1,000 feet off the ground isn't for everyone but for Daniel Witchalls it's pretty much just another day at the office.

Balloonists at festival fear for missing pilots

Hundreds of balloons lifted off at the weekend at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, while search crews on the other side of the globe continued looking for two of the sport's most acclaimed pilots.

Parachutist killed in Malaysian tower leap

A female parachutist has fallen to her death in Malaysia after her chute failed to open when she jumped off a tower to practice for a parachuting event, organisers said today.

Murder at 4,000ft: skydiver accused of killing love rival

A female skydiver goes on trial today accused of the mid-air murder of her close friend and alleged love rival.

Probe launched after death paraglider

A paraglider died after falling 150ft near cliffs, the Coastguard said.

Parachutist killed at family festival

An "experienced parachutist" died when he landed badly on a skydive at a family open-air music festival.

50 years of warm hot air balloons

Hot air balloons were launched from Bristol's College Green yesterday, ahead of the opening of the annual International Balloon Fiesta later this week.

Skydivers die as parachutes become entangled in mid-air after display

Two skydivers died when their parachutes became entangled during a formation display.

Balloons daredevil completes Channel crossing

A daring adventurer crossed the English Channel today strapped in a chair beneath several dozen helium-filled balloons.

Pet of the week: The sugar glider

Near death experiences caught on film

Ever had one of those heart stopping moments when you come so close to death that your life flashes before your eyes?





Balloon boy's father denies hoax

The father of a boy feared to have been carried away in a balloon today angrily denied the drama which gripped millions was a publicity stunt.

Francis Rogallo: Engineer whose work paved the way for hang-gliders

For enthusiasts in the United States and around the world of hang-gliding, para-gliding and simple kite-flying, Francis Rogallo was akin to a patron saint. For more than three decades he was an engineer at Nasa, but he achieved lasting fame as the inventor of the flexible wing, the light single frame airfoil that effectively created the modern sport of hang-gliding.

Man killed in parachute jump

A skydiver has fallen to his death at the same airfield where a fellow enthusiast died in mysterious circumstances six years ago.

Space scientist dies in Turkish balloon crash

A leading British space scientist was killed yesterday when two hot air balloons apparently collided in Turkey.

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