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Skydiver Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.

On July 30, the 42-year-old American – who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt – fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

During the two-minute fall aired live on Fox television, Luke Aikins reached the speed of 120mph (193km/h).Luke Aikins jump without parachute

To loud cheers, Luke Aikins climbed out of the net and hugged his wife and young son.

“I’m almost levitating, it’s incredible,” he said after the jump.


“This thing just happened! I can’t even get the words out of my mouth,” said Luke Aikins, admitting that he was nervous beforehand.

Luke Aikins also admitted that he had nearly had to cancel the jump because he was ordered to wear a parachute for safety and this would have made his landing more dangerous because of the extra weight.

However, the organizers had lifted the ban just minutes before the jump.

His spokesman Justin Aclin said: “Aikins’ leap represents the culmination of a 26-year career that will set a personal and world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wing suit.”

Luke Aikins, who is a safety and training adviser for the US Parachute Association, said his friend came up with the idea two years ago.

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Professional skier, BASE jumper and member of Nitro Circus crew Erik Roner died September 28 in a skydiving accident at Squaw Valley, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Erik Roner, 39, from Tahoe City, was killed while performing at a golf event at the resort.Erik Roner dead at 39

According to the sheriff’s department, Erik Roner hit a tree while attempting to land and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Resort also issued a statement confirming Erik Roner’s death. The golf event was hosted in Olympic Valley by The Squaw Valley Institute, an organization to which Erik Roner regularly dedicated his time, the statement said.

Erik Roner was one of the pioneers of ski BASE jumping and had been featured in several ski films.

Erik Roner is survived by his wife and two children.

Five skydivers have been killed after their light plane crashed at an airfield in Queensland, eastern Australia.

The Cessna 206 hit the ground and burst into flames shortly after take-off on Saturday at Caboolture Airport, north of Brisbane.

The Cessna 206 hit the ground and burst into flames shortly after take-off on Saturday at Caboolture Airport

The Cessna 206 hit the ground and burst into flames shortly after take-off on Saturday at Caboolture Airport (photo Channel Nine News)

The pilot, two skydiving instructors and two skydiving customers were killed, police said.

Family members witnessed the crash from the ground, they said.

The flight was operated by Adrenalin Skydivers Bribie, also known as Skydive Bribie Island, a spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald, which carried pictures of the crash site.

“We received a call from the airfield and sent three crews to a light plane that had crashed,” a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service official told Agence France-Presse.

Caboolture is about 31 miles north of Brisbane.

The airport was closed after the crash.

The Sydney Morning Herald says the airport has only grass strips and operates gliders, helicopters and light aircraft.

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Nine skydivers and two pilots escaped as their planes crashed in midair, turning one of the aircraft into a “fireball”.

Four skydivers were preparing to jump when their plane collided with another, carrying five skydivers, at 12,000ft in the state of Wisconsin.

All the skydivers safely jumped. One pilot ejected with a parachute and the other safely landed the second plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating Saturday’s near tragedy.

All of the skydivers were either instructors or coaches who have completed hundreds of previous jumps.

Nine skydivers and two pilots escaped as their planes crashed in midair

Nine skydivers and two pilots escaped as their planes crashed in midair

Instructor Mike Robinson, 64, said that he and three other skydivers had climbed out on to the step of the Cessna 182 in preparation for their jump.

“We were just a few seconds away from having a normal skydive when the trail plane came over the top of the lead aircraft and came down on top of it,” he said.

“It turned into a big flash fireball, and the wing separated. All of us knew we had a crash. The wing over our head was gone, so we just left.”

Mike Robinson watched as the aircraft fell in pieces from the sky.

The pilot of the plane, who ejected with a parachute that could not be steered, suffered minor injuries.

The second pilot landed the plane safely at Richard I Bong Airport, Douglas County.

A witness on the ground told the Duluth News Tribune he heard a “boom and looked up and there’s a fireball and smoke”.

Braydon Kurtz said one plane “was circling down and one was going down straight”.

Mike Robinson said while everyone responded professionally and quickly, they were lucky to have been in place to jump when the collision happened.

“It might’ve been a lot worse,” he said.

“Everybody, to a person, responded just as they should, including the pilots.”

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