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Female wingsuit pilot dies of parachute failure
Published on: 2020-05-19
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The body of a missing female wingsuit pilot has been found, sources from the Tianmenshan National Forest Park confirmed on Monday evening, nearly a week after she plunged off from a helicopter during a film shoot in central China's Zhangjiajie mountains.
 

Rescuers rushed to the scene upon hearing from local villagers, who reported having seen a body from afar in an unfrequented dense forest in the scenic area.
 

No vital signs were found and the body was later confirmed as the female pilot who had gone missing on the morning of May 12.

female 2The body was found at an altitude of 900 meters, a relative drop of about 1600 meters from where she flew off from the helicopter.
 

The pilot deviated from her planned route and lost contact shortly after 11:19 am on Tuesday when she and another pilot jumped from a helicopter flying at an altitude of 2,500 meters.
 

The 23-year-old missing pilot was said to have undergone systematic professional training abroad and have completed hundreds of wingsuit flights and skydives.
 

Rescuers believed that the accident was mainly caused by a parachute failure.
 

Wingsuit flying is an extreme sport that involves participants gliding through the air wearing a specially constructed suit with fabric under the arms and legs to slow the rate of descent. Much like skydiving, the flight ends with the deployment of a parachute.
 

翼装飞行女大学生身亡,降落伞并未打开

5月18日上午,搜救队伍在搜寻过程中接到当地村民报告,在天门山玉壶峰北侧下方无人区一处密林内,发现疑似失联者。得知情况后,搜救队伍立即赶赴现场,经过现场核实,确定为5月12日上午失联的女翼装飞行员,已无生命体征,失联者降落伞未打开。遗体发现地点海拔高度约900米,距离其在空中直升机上起跳的位置直线距离约2000米,相对落差约1600米。
 

自5月12日上午该名女翼装飞行员失联以来,张家界市高度重视,相关部门第一时间抵达现场,迅速启动应急搜救,组织消防队、张家界蓝天救援队、多支赶来支援的外地专业救援队、有关单位工作人员以及熟悉地形的当地村民组成联合搜救队伍,通过直升机、无人机、热成像等专业设备持续进行空中观察,多组人员划分区域分工进行大面积地面搜寻。因无法准确定位搜寻目标,搜寻区域地形险峻复杂、植被茂密,期间时有雨雾天气等多种因素导致搜寻搜救过程极其艰难。

目前,搜寻搜救工作结束,相关善后正在有序进行。

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