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Paraglider flies into French Alps cable car

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Paraglider flies into French Alps cable car
09:11 CEST+02:00
Not many would dare to fly into a moving cable car, 150 metres off the ground high up in the French Alps, with no room for error. But Arnaud Longobardi did.

It could be the next extreme sport to take off in the French Alps.

Chamonix has become the unofficial home of wingsuit flying and base jumping in recent years but it appears those extreme sports are not exciting enough for some people.

Daredevil Arnaud Longobardi, 43, has managed to pull off a new hair-raising stunt when he glided into the open doors of a moving cable car 150 metres off the ground.

The video of his stunt was shown on Epic TV, which described the “unthinkable feat” as needing “pinpoint accuracy, a bit of luck and above all extraordinary courage”. As well as permission from the French cable car company, which they got.

Describing the challenge Longobardi said: “I had this project in mind for a full year before I did it. I thought about it every day, thought through all the challenges - speed, angle, height - all the different scenarios from the takeoff to the approach to the landing.

"After 6 months, I finally decided OK, I’ve thought through all the possibilities and there is nothing that can happen during the flight that I haven’t imagined and mentally prepared for. This is do-able.”

And he did it. See for yourself.

 

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