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Paraglider flies into French Alps cable car

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.

Paraglider flies into French Alps cable car

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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‘It’s a miracle’: Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps

A 12-year-old boy was found alive Wednesday 40 minutes after being swept away and buried by an avalanche while skiing with his parents in the French Alps, rescuers said.

'It's a miracle': Boy survives 40-minute burial after avalanche in French Alps
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The family had just left a groomed run for an off-piste sector at the La Plagne ski area in southeast France when the boy was caught by the cascading mass of snow at around 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).
   
He was not carrying a transmitting beacon that could alert rescuers to his position quickly.
   
But a sniffer dog brought in by the French mountain police squad from nearby Courchevel found him around 40 minutes later.
   
“It's a miracle because he had no victim detection device. The chances of survival are minuscule after 15 minutes under the snow,” one of the rescuers told AFP.
   
The child, who suffered only a broken leg, was taken to the hospital at Grenoble.
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