Hungarian wingsuit skydiver dies in China

Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:49 AM

CHANGSHA, China, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The body of a Hungarian wingsuit skydiver was found Wednesday after his parachute failed to open during a dive in China's Hunan province, officials said.

Victor Kovats made a trial jump at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Zhangjiajie City, Xinhua News Agency reported. Nearly 200 firefighters and police officers were involved in the search-and-rescue operation, and Kovats' body was found at the bottom of a 100-meter (325-foot) cliff Wednesday morning.

Kovats was preparing for the Second World Wingsuit Championship to be held in the park Oct. 11-13 in which competitors jump from Tianmen Mountain's 700-meter (2,300-foot) cliffs. Fifteen flyers from nine countries participated in the First World Wingsuit Championship last year, the news agency said.

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