Varan: Wingsuit Fatality


Sunday, 7 Sept 2014, fatal wingsuit accident: a Russian male in his '40s, launched from Aiguille de Varan (2544 meters) and impacted near the Zéta chalet (1500 meters).

Wingsuit from Aiguille du Varans
Aiguille de Varans @camptocamp
Aiguille de Varans @camptocamp

Moday, 8 Sept 2014, the Chamonix PGHM rescures discover the body of a Russian male wingsuiter.
Sunday at around 1pm, the man and two friends launched from the Aiguille de Varan. After landing, the two daredevils noticed that their friend was missing, so they soon alerted the PGHM. After a two days research procedure, the rescuers found his body Monday evening near the Zéta chalet (1500 meters).

His name has not yet been released to the press. As standard procedure, an investigation has been opened to discover the causes of this accident.

Wingsuit Flying:

Wingsuit flying is an extreme sport where well-defined rules and considerable training is required. The human body flies through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit. The suit adds surface area providing a significant increase in lift. A wingsuit flight normally terminates with a parachute deployment. A wingsuit can be flown safely from any point that provides sufficient altitude for the flight and parachute deployment. The parachute canopy is similar to a small wing paraglider, permitting good maneuverability and Landing Zone targeting. To fly under the canopy, pilots must unzip their arms from the wingsuit to gain full arm mobility necessary for safe canopy flight.

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