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Skydiver aborts death-defying jump

2012-10-09 20:01

Roswell - Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has had to postpone his planned death-defying 37km free-fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

But the weather on Tuesday forced his team to cancel his planned ascent in a 55-storey, ultra-thin helium balloon that was to take him to the stratosphere.

Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 3.2km/h.

Comments
  • juicecard.tshaka - 2012-10-09 20:08

    been watching the live streaming, an awesome spectacle and i can say i`m disappointed in the weather`s unpredictability

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-09 20:25

    I've also been watching the live streaming for what seems like hours and I must say I'm disappointed, however, he must be gutted. Having said that, much better to be safe than sorry.....nobody can outguess Mother Nature!!

  • diran.pillay - 2012-10-09 20:30

    Hours of live streaming just to hear the mission has been aborted . Better safe than sorry

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-09 21:03

      Agree bro! Exciting stuff as you say!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-09 20:44

    We all have our problems ...

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-09 21:02

    What lying journalism! HE never aborted it! Mission Centre did due to bad wind conditions! News24, you make him sound like a loser! A damned brave man! Please News24, get real journalists!

  • elroy.erasmus.16 - 2012-10-10 00:16

    want to wish you good luck on your adventure , because its great if some one can go through so much to reach a goal and achieve something great

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