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Chamonix bans wingsuit flying

Local News // Oct. 6, 2016
Chamonix bans wingsuit flying

Wingsuit flying, considered to be one of the world's most dangerous sports, has been banned in Chamonix in the Haute Savoie region of France until further notice.

The ban follows the death of a young Russian man in the Alpine town on Monday. The man was killed after his parachute failed to open and he crashed into a building on the edge of the town. Wingsuit flyers take off from cliffs at high altitude wearing a nylon suit, which enables them to glide at great speed until they open a parachute.

Five people have died in wingsuit flying accidents in Chamonix this year. The town's mayor says he took the decision to ban the extreme sport following this week's death as the circumstances were different to those in previous accidents, with the flyer having fallen to his death close to the town centre.

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