What a terrible tragedy. This man was an experienced skydiver and had been jumping in a wingsuit for a year. Just goes to show you, even if you are an expert at something, you should never take your life for granted.
An Italian wingsuit pilot who crashed down to his death in the Alps was broadcasting his daring jump live on Facebook, it has emerged.
The 28-year-old, named locally as Armin Schmieder, told his fans ‘today you fly with me’ before his leap, from a mountain top near Kandersteg in Switzerland, ended in tragedy.
Images from a video posted online show the pilot readying his wingsuit before pocketing his phone and taking off.
After a few moments, a shout can be heard and the sound of impact. The Zurich daily Blick reports that followers watching the video reacted with horror.
Some sent messages asking that he ‘write or say something.’
But all that could be heard on the video was the sound of cow bells, the newspaper reports. The video couldn’t immediately be verified.
Bern cantonal police said the body of a 28-year-old Italian citizen was recovered near Kandersteg, a popular BASE jumping location.
Police spokeswoman Jolanda Egger declined Saturday to confirm the man’s identity.
She said the cause of the accident was still being investigated.
Blick reports that according to a a friend, Schmieder lived in Freiburg and had a young child.
The friend said: ‘He was an experienced skydiver, but flew only a year with the wingsuit.’
It is the latest tragedy to hit the sport and comes just days after Alexander Polli, one of the world’s most celebrated and daring wingsuit pilots, died after crashing into a tree during a flight.
The accident happened in the Couloir de l’Ensa mountainous area in Chamonix in the French Alps.
Mr Polli, 31, reached international fame after posting a video of himself flying through a small hole in a huge rock called the ‘Roca Forada’ in Montserrat, Spain.