31 Jul '16, 2am

US skydiver makes 7,600m jump from plane - with no parachute

WASHINGTON (AFP) - American Luke Aikins leapt into the void at 25,000 feet (7,600 meters) on Saturday (July 30) with no parachute or wingsuit, becoming the first skydiver to land safely on the ground in a net. Aikins - who has done movie stunts - spent a year and a half preparing the death-defying feat, plummeting at 120 miles per hour (193kmh) in Simi Valley, California. Fox television broadcast the two-minute jump live on an hour-long reality TV special. Luke Aikins - Skydiver (Heaven Sent Jump) "Pay attention to the science and the math behind this. And we'll show you what's possible," said Aikins, 42, who runs a skydiving school in Washington state, just before taking off. There was a lot of method behind Aikins' madness: he has made more than 18,000 skydiving jumps. #StrideHeavenSent Great Job Luke!! He made the 25,000 feet drop into the net!! Make sure to watch till ...

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