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VIDEO: Two French wingsuit flyers pull off death-defying stunt by landing in plane mid-air

This headline should really read: Two French wingsuit flyers do something absolutely crazy.

VIDEO: Two French wingsuit flyers pull off death-defying stunt by landing in plane mid-air

Fred Fugen, 38 and Vince Reffet, 33, who call themselves the “Soul Flyers” have pulled of a death defying stunt in which they fly into a moving plane in mid air.

The pair jumped from the famous Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland and flew down to catch the moving light aircraft.

Not content with just flying alongside the plane the pair managed somehow to land safely inside the aircraft as the incredible video below shows.

They did however need two jumps to succeed. But let'stake nothing away from them.

 

 
French authorities have had a love hate relationship with base jumpers and wingsuit flyers over the years.
 
 
Eric Fournier, the mayor of Chamonix, a town which attracts lovers of extreme and outdoor sports said: “We can't consider that flying over inhabited zones is something that's normal, when they're putting residents at risk,” he said.
 
Fournier suggested the sport was not regulated enough and many flyers were simply not experienced enough to fly safely.
 
Wingsuit flying, which became popular in the late 1990s involves base jumping from a high point in the mountains or from a helicopter, wearing a “wingsuit”. The flyer will hurtle towards the ground at 200km/h before eventually opening a parachute.

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Dad’s ‘miracle escape’ after being buried by avalanche in French Alps

A man out walking with his family in the French Alps has made a miraculous escape from an avalanche after spending more than two and a half hours trapped under snow, rescuers said.

Dad's 'miracle escape' after being buried by avalanche in French Alps
Ski lifts in France are closed, but visitors and locals are free to enjoy other outdoor sports. Photo: AFP

The 50-year-old father was snowshoeing near the high-altitude Val d'Isere ski resort with his wife and two children on Thursday without anti-avalanche safety equipment.

“Thank to the mobilisation of nearly 100 people… the man was found alive after two hours and 40 minutes of searching,” the police for the local Savoie département announced on Twitter.

Because of the depth of the snow, rescue dogs were unable to detect a trace, but the man was eventually dug out by a specialised mountain police team which used a Wolfhound device to locate his mobile phone under the ice.

“I think it's a miracle,” Alexandre Grether from the PGHM rescue team told the France 3 local news channel, adding that the man was found 2.5 metres (eight feet) below the surface.

The chances of survival after more than 20 minutes in an avalanche are usually slim.

“He was protected by a tree, that's what prevented him from being crushed by all the ice that slid down. The snow had surrounded him, but he had a pocket of air,” he explained.

The victim is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a fracture to his hip.

The avalanche risk on Thursday was at its maximum – five on a scale of five – and rescuers urge people to always check the snow conditions before venturing out.

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Ski lifts in the Alps, which have seen some of their heaviest snowfalls in years in January, are currently closed because of restrictions imposed by the government to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Visitors and locals are free to enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, but occupancy levels in hotels and chalets are way down and business owners and seasonal staff face serious hardships.

The government has promised an economic support package for the sector.

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