A competitive wingsuit flyer from Hungary was found dead in the Hunan Province after crashing into a valley during a trial flight on Tuesday, Xinhua reports.
“The flyer, Victor Kovats, plunged into a valley around 3 p.m. in Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie City during a trial jump as his parachute failed to deploy before landing.
Rescuers retrieved Kovats’ body at the foot of a cliff that is about 100 meters high on Wednesday morning.”
Kovats, a three-time Hungary national champion wingsuiter, was attending the Second World Wingsuit Championship being held at the park from October 11-13.
Redbull’s World Wingsuit League posted a statement on their official Web Site, saying, “We are deeply saddened by Victor Kovats’s passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents and friends during these difficult times. He will be always be remembered for his deep passion for life and his spirit of adventure, and he will always be sadly missed in the wingsuit community.
As a result of this tragedy we will conduct a thorough review of the events that lead into this accident and adopt any appropriate changes for the future of the World Wingsuit League.”
The Tianmen Mountain Grand Prix boasts a 2,600-foot vertical drop and is limited to 16 of the world’s best wingsuit contestants competing for a $20,000 prize.
Kovats was killed during a practice run, but had the experience of 700 jumps wingsuit, 1,250 skydives and 250 base jumps.
Kovats is featured in this video as one of the wingsuiters at the ProBase Istanbul Showdown at Sapphire 2K13: