73-Y.O. BASE Jumper Dies After Lighting Parachute On Fire…

73-Y.O. BASE Jumper Dies After Lighting Parachute On Fire…

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73-Y.O. BASE Jumper Dies After Lighting Parachute On Fire…

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According to the Times-News‘ MagicValley.com, a 73-year-old man died on May 7 following a BASE jumping accident at the Perrine Memorial Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.  James E. Hickey of Claremont, Calif., jumped from the bridge while another person set his parachute on fire. The plan was for Hickey to disconnect the parachute after a few moments and open a second chute. Instead, a fireball erupted and Hickey fell nearly 500 feet to his death. Hickey was an experienced BASE jumper.

VICE Sports reports that “[t]he coroner’s report listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.”

Video of the accident can be seen here.

 

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