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BASE Fatality List

The BASE Fatality List is a chronological list of fatalities of BASE Jumpers.


Please read this: Fatality Statistics
Media Advisory - This information is proprietary and only for the internal use of the BASE jumping community. You do not have permission to quote anything presented herein without consent. In the interest of fairness and accuracy this List will present an inaccurate view when not taken in context. These listed events represent fatalities that have occurred over a period of time spanning 1981 to the present. This List is not 100% accurate. These reports change as new information becomes available. Fatalities are not necessarily in order of their occurrence.
Please send updates, additions, corrections, or comments to: bfl@baselogic.com
The List was originally written and maintained by Nick DiGiovanni (BASE 194) until he gave it up in May of 2007 at which point Abbie Mashall took it over then it was handed over to Patto and then the web page was changed from Splatula to blincs web page in July 2011, the BFL was moved here to BLiNC Magazine where it has been for the past 7 years. For discussions on fatalities please visit the BASE Board at http://www.blincmagazine.com




BASE Fatality List


William Harmon

>> BFL #1 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 11, 1981 Nationality: American William Harmon

Larry Jackson

>> BFL #2 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 10, 1981 Nationality: American Larry Jackson

Frank Donnellan

Jimmy Tyler

>> BFL #4 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 4, 1982 Nationality: American Jimmy Tyler

Pauli Belik

>> BFL #5 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: March 7, 1983 Nationality: Finnish Pauli Belik

Michael Williams

>> BFL #6 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 1, 1983 Nationality: American Michael Williams

Carl Boenish

>> BFL #7 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 7, 1984 Nationality: American Carl Boenish

Jorgen Hakonson

>> BFL #8 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 18, 1985 Nationality: Swedish Jorgen Hakonson

Jari Mynttinen

>> BFL #9 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 24, 1985 Nationality: Finnish Jari Mynttinen

Marilyn Ettema

>> BFL #10 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 26, 1986 Nationality: New Zealand Marilyn Ettema

John Ray Foster

>> BFL #11 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 30, 1986 Nationality: Australian John Ray Foster

Rick Stanley

>> BFL #12 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 13, 1986 Nationality: Canadian Rick Stanley

Jeb Williams

>> BFL #13 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: November 16, 1986 Nationality: American Jeb Williams

Michael Gibbard

Antonio Vanone

>> BFL #15 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 23, 1987 Nationality: Italian Antonio Vanone

Steve Gyrsting

>> BFL #16 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 10, 1987 Nationality: American Steve Gyrsting

Marlen Buford

>> BFL #17 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 1, 1988 Nationality: American Marlen Buford

Mitch Reno

>> BFL #18 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 23, 1988 Nationality: American Mitch Reno

Jean-Marc Boivin

>> BFL #19 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:February 17, 1989 Nationality: French Jean-Marc Boivin

David Dunblazier

>> BFL #20 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:October 15, 1989 Nationality:American David Dunblazier

Dick Pedley

>> BFL #21 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 17, 1989 Nationality: American Dick Pedley

Mike Herron

>> BFL #22 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 1, 1990 Nationality: American Mike Herron

Robert Morris

>> BFL #23 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 10, 1990 Nationality: American Robert Morris

Darren Newton

Marita Schneider

>> BFL #25 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 21, 1993 Nationality: German Marita Schneider

Jonathan Bowlin

Joe Shaw

>> BFL #27 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 21, 1993 Nationality: English Joe Shaw

Susan Oatly

>> BFL #28 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 25, 1993 Nationality: American Susan Oatly

Jason Rooney

>> BFL #29 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: November 15, 1993 Nationality: British Jason Rooney

Andre Jewett

>> BFL #30 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 3, 1994 Nationality: American Andre Jewett

Xaver Bongard

Paul Thompson

>> BFL #32 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 15, 1994 Nationality: American Paul Thompson

Robert Overacker

>> BFL #33 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 1, 1995 Nationality: American Robert Overacker

Theresa Tran

>> BFL #34 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 20, 1995 Nationality: American Theresa Tran

Don Sampson

>> BFL #35 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 1, 1996 Nationality: American Don Sampson

Sébastien Dectot

Jeff Maggilla Christman

Alexander Haseke

>> BFL #38 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 28, 1996 Nationality: German Alexander Haseke

Gary Dawson

>> BFL #39 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 25, 1996 Nationality: American Gary Dawson

Stina Ulla Ostberg

Torben Petersen

Christopher Kennedy

>> BFL #42 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 2, 1997 Nationality: American Christopher Kennedy

Bob 'Bromo' Neely

Thor Alex Kappfjell

Daniel Twomey

>> BFL #45 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 4, 1999 Nationality: Australian Daniel Twomey

Joshua Michael McVay

Kirill Goretov

>> BFL #47 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 15, 1999 Nationality: American Kirill Goretov

Jan Davis

>> BFL #48 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 22, 1999 Nationality: American Jan Davis

Roger Butler

>> BFL #49 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 9, 2000 Nationality: American Roger Butler

Trevor Yates

>> BFL #50 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 16, 2000 Nationality: Australian Trevor Yates

Andrea Quarisa

Terry Forrestal

Valentino Ventori

Jorge Juan Domenech

Fred Nicolas Tussinggardel

BFL #55 BFL #55 Date: January 1, 2000
Fred Nicolas Tussinggardel
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: FRANCE, , Verdon COD: Impact (Object) Clothes / Suit: Normal clothes Description: Reports describe Fred, from Nice, France, as having no previous BASE jumps, no training, no experienced jumper with him, etc. He purchased BASE gear, picked an under-hung location to launch from (not one of Verdon's regular launch points), pivoted off the launch, went on his back, and struck the cliff in freefall. This fatality caused BASE gear manufacturers to start better screening their customers prior to the sale of BASE equipment.

Michael Schlefy Schafer

BFL #56 BFL #56 Date: 2000 29 December
Base Fatality #56
Nationality: German Object Type: Earth Location: UNITED STATES, ARIZONA, Courthouse COD: Strike/Impact *** / Normal clothes Description: Michael had packed for a slider down jump. At the last minute he decided to go slider up. He opened his already packed rig, stretched out the lines and pulled the slider up. However, he neglected to put the steering lines back through the slider grommets. The canopy opened in a turn and hit the wall hard before being fully inflated. He died a short time later from internal injuries.

Thierry Van Roy

BFL #57 BFL #57 Date: 2001 April 02
Base Fatality
Nationality: Belgium Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen (La Mousse) COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: Thierry had 100 plus skydives and about 240 BASE jumps (fifty are from cliffs). He is doing a 3-way, launching first, on his back (video person above him filmed the whole jump). Thierry took too much time to come back to a good position facing away from the wall. He attempted to make a quick quarter turn and deploy, but impacted before complete deployment of his canopy. Two days prior to his death, he did ten jumps in the valley, and witnesses attested to the fact that he is really very tired. He is passionate for the sport and loved the people who -like him- jumped for their own, and not for the show. His many friends miss him deeply. The report also included the following: Just a few words about this site La Mousse. It is high and you can fly 9 to 10 seconds if you track like hell. But the pure vertical is not more than 6 seconds. He was 39 years old If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Erin Aimee Engle

BFL #58 BFL #58 Date: 2001 July 22
Base Fatality #58
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: ITALY, , Monte Brento COD: Object Strike (Canopy) / Normal clothes Description: Erin is making only her second or third BASE jump. She is in Italy jumping with her boyfriend. Reports indicate an unstable short delay and a wall strike under canopy. She was an experienced skydiver, with several hundred jumps and was on a very competent 4-way team. She was 28 years old

Massimo Mazzeo

BFL #59 BFL #59 Date: 2001 September 27
Base Fatality
Nationality: Italian Object Type: Earth Location: ITALY, , Monte Brento COD: Impact (Total) *** / Normal clothes Description: The following is from a report translated from Italian. A 25 year old boy from Firenze, (Florence) has deceased after a parachute launch off the peak of Monte Brento. The young man had reached Thursday evening the top of the mountain and launched himself into the empty space. But the parachute did not open and the boy has smashed himself onto the ground after a flight of 800 meters. The body has been found this morning by alpine rescue team and firemen, alerted during the previous night by young man's relatives, worried by the fact that his mobile phone was not answering. If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Name Withheld (Male)

BFL #60 Date: 2001 January 01
Base Fatality
Nationality: puerto rican Object Type: Earth Location: PUERTO RICO, , COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: This is a first cliff jump after 15 tower jumps. On the load are his mentor and another jumper. His previous tower jumps are from different altitudes, with varying deployment methods, and all of them went well. The cliff is 700-feet with an outcropping full of trees jutting out about halfway down. The jumpers built a wooden launch ramp on the top and on the morning of the jump it had been raining. The three discussed the wet conditions and remarked on the need for caution on the wet ramp. The deceased asked to go first, and while his mentor said it would be better to watch one first, he did indeed go first. On launch he slipped on the wet ramp and lost control of the freefall. He deployed on his back and hit the tree filled outcropping feet first with a partially inflated canopy. The other two jumped and as they flew past his position he yelled out that he was seriously hurt. There was no way to reach his position so a rescue was called in. However, it took many hours and by that time he had passed away from blood loss. If you have a picture/Name of this jumper please contact us

Alexander Chernukha

BFL #61 Date: 2002 April 01
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Other/chimney Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION, , St. Petersburg COD: Impact nothing out / Normal clothes Description: This is a solo first BASE jump using modified skydiving gear. This is also the first BASE fatality reported from the former Soviet Union. There are no witnesses. The body is found three days later on a rooftop. The main canopy is an early Russian PO- 9, the first Russian accuracy square, and known in the Russian BASE community as a canopy with a reputation for not being suitable for BASE jumping. If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Andrei Grunberg

BFL #62 Date: 2002 May 01
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Earth Location: UKRAINE, , Crimea COD: Impact (Object) / Normal clothes Description: Andrei went head down on the launch, tumbled, and hit the wall. His canopy deployed (somewhat) from the impact with the wall. Andrei had extensive climbing experience, about 200 skydives, and 2 prior BASE jumps. This is the first BASE fatality in the Ukraine.

Lee 'Skypunk' Werling

BFL #63 Date: 2002 May 29
Base Fatality #63
Nationality: American Object Type: Antenna Location: UNITED STATES, FLORIDA, ? COD: Impact / Normal clothes Filming Description: Reported by a jumper on the load as a three way with two people facing away from the antenna, and Lee doing a floater launch facing inwards. Jumper #1 is to do a 6 second delay, jumper #2 an 8 second delay, and Lee, with camera, is going ten seconds. Everything went as planned until jumper #2 deployed at 8 seconds. Lee continued filming on his back for an additional 3 full seconds before going face to earth. One second later he disappeared into the fog. Three seconds later jumper #2 heard the beginnings of Lee's deployment and then a thump. Lee died under a partially inflated canopy. The weather conditions initially are a layer of fog about 300 feet off the ground. However, when jumper #2 lands the fog has extended almost all the way to the ground. He believes Lee is expecting to come out of the fog before deploying. Lee is very current on this particular tower. He was 27 years old

Brian Stout

>> BFL #64 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 15, 2002 Nationality: American Brian Stout

Lori Barr

>> BFL #65 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 23, 2002 Nationality: American Lori Barr
Base Fatality
Object Type: Earth Location: Norway, Lysebotn COD: Impact (Object) / Normal clothes Description: Lori launched and lost stability on her first cliff jump. With five previous Perrine bridge jumps and the required amount of skydives Lori is on an organized BASE expedition to Norway. The trip included a site specific BASE jumping course taught by very competent instructors. However, Lori hit the cliff wall in freefall at about 11 seconds. What makes this fatality a little more chilling is the fact Lori did everything right as far as following the current advise on how to get into BASE jumping. She was 37 years old

Dr. Nikolas 'Nik' Hartshorne

Wolfgang Wolle Baumer

Christophe Averty

BFL #68 Date: 2002 August 15
Base Fatality
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: FRANCE, , Dévoluy Mountains - Falaise des Gillardes COD: Impact (Object) / Normal clothesCamera Description: Christophe is doing a two-way and filming at a launch point just recently opened. The wall is slightly under hung, but both jumpers successfully out track the wall/talus. After opening the second jumper said he heard a terrible sound and looked back to see Christophe with his canopy out but not pressurized. Christophe became stuck 80 meters up and isn't answering his friend calls. He is found dead when a helicopter reaches him. Jumpers who knew Christophe said his enthusiasm for the sport is infectious. He is always smiling, laughing, and offering help and advice.

Tore Lillebostad

BFL #69 Date: 2002 August 25
Base Fatality
Nationality: Norwegian Object Type: Earth Location: Hårstadnebba – Sunndalsøra (Trollveggen), Romsdalen, Norway COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: This is a four way jump composed of all Norwegians. Tore had 2000 skydives and 16 BASE jumps. It is said he never gained control all the way to impact. While this wall is seven seconds to impact it does have a sketchy launch point. A wing suited jumper earlier the same week achieved a flight of 89 seconds here. If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Kirill Kiselev

BFL #70 Date: 2002 September 01
Base Fatality

Nationality: Russian
Object Type: Earth
Location: Vikesaksa – Eikesdalen Valley (Trollveggen), Romsdalen, Norway
COD: Impact
Wingsuit: Birdman GTI
Canopy:
Dagger - 225
Packing: Slider up
Winds: Light and variable

Description: I received this report from a close friend of Kirill who witnessed or heard most of the jump. Kirill has 500 skydives with 20 being with a wing suit, and 30 BASE jumps, with 2 being with a wing suit. This fatality began with an inadvertent low pull from a man who didn't do low pulls. His friend believes Kirill encountered a stability problem late in the flight. The friend, along with authorities, inspected Kirill's body and gear at the hospital. Kirill had opened his canopy, the slider is at the links. Both toggles are still stowed. The wing zippers are closed and the swoop cords are still over his fingers. The wing fabric between his legs is torn. His broken neck and one broken leg suggest opening and impact occurred at about the same time. The report intimates failure of the wingsuit material between Kirill's legs caused a stability problem at pull time. By the time Kirill stopped trying to overcome the situation and deploy, it is too late. Kirill is the first BASE jumper to die flying a wingsuit on a BASE jump.

Update 15th June 2019

Cause Of Death: Impact sub terminal (near exit)
It was not impact. He hooked ground when canopy was fully open.
We heard sound of the opened parachute. Time was not enough for good
fligtht but more than rock drop for that exit.



"His broken neck and one broken leg suggest opening and impact
occurred at about the same time."
I guess he had a bad flight and unfortunately he opened his canopy low.
After opening he hooked ground and broke leg. Leg's
wing was torn in that time. Neck was broken when he fell.



"The report intimates failure of the wingsuit material between
Kirill's legs caused a stability problem at pull time."
Suit was in perfect shape.

Rob Tompkins

BFL #71 Date: 2002 September 12
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: NORWAY, , Kjerag COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: This is the second wing suit BASE fatality. Rob has 247 BASE jumps with 92 being with a wing suit on the day he died. A report states: For the last month, Rob had his eye on a particular jump between launch points 4 and 5. We looked at it, doing rock jumps and basically studying the jump. There are two launch points next to this particular jump, one with a 7-second drop and the other with an 8-second drop. Rob jumped the 7-second launch point 10 times always doing a reverse gainer. The place he's looking at now, he dubbed the, RT Hjjrner, and has a rock drop time of 5- seconds. We analyzed this site on video and with other wing suit pilots. In my opinion, the jump is not achievable - and I repeated this to Rob. Other wing suit pilots said the same thing. Rob is convinced he can do it including a reverse gainer. After 7 seconds of freefall Rob impacted the talus ledge. He never tried to deploy his pilot chute, knowing that this would not save him. Rob believed he could out fly the ledge right up until he died. Rob is remembered as a good man, full of respect, and kind to everyone.

Lukas Knutsson

BFL #72 Date: 2002 October 11
Base Fatality
Nationality: Swedish Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Engelberg COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: Lukas has a good launch and good flight with his wingsuit and pulled high over the landing area. This is the third BASE wing suit fatality. Despite a powerful pull the pilot chute ended up in the turbulence behind him. In the burble the pilot chute spun around very fast. Lukas notices the deployment is hesitating and collapsed his wings and rolled to one side to clear the pilot chute. At this point the pilot chute achieved bridle stretch but the bridle had entangled with the pilot chute so badly the pilot chute is almost totally collapsed. Lukas did rollover to the other side and struggled hard to get the canopy out of the container. However, the container remained closed to impact. Lukas is a very experienced long time BASE jumper (this site is now called Cold Steel in his honor) and he will be missed by the entire BASE community.

Robert Hinden

BFL #73 Date: 2003 January 11
Base Fatality
Nationality: Venezuelan Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Engelberg COD: Impact (canopy) / Normal clothes Description: This is the first BASE fatality of 2003 and occurred 3 months after the last one and from the same launch point. Robert did a 4-5 second delay and his body position seemed good. He opened with a 90 degree left off heading opening. A few seconds later the canopy turned further left and impacted the wall. Robert slid down the wall until stopped by the highest point of the talus. This area is not reachable by foot and a helicopter is called. The helicopter arrived with two doctors on board who pronounced Robert dead from severe head trauma. Friends say Robert usually wore a Bonehead helmet, with knee and elbow pads, but did not wear them on this jump. The gear is destroyed by the rescue, but is inspected by a jumper on-site. He said both toggles are released. Everything else on the rig appeared to be in working order.

Bill Frogge

BFL #74 Date: 2003 January 27
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: UNITED STATES, UTAH, Moab COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: Bill is doing a two way and hand holding his BASE pilot chute. After a normal freefall Bill threw out the pilot chute. The pilot chute inflated, went to the end of its bridle and peeled the shrivel flap from the rig. However, the shrivel flap is not connected to the canopy. Speculation is Bill is distracted while putting his rig together and may have passed the Type-12 bridle through the attachment ring on the top of canopy but didn't complete the lark's head knot that would have secured it in place. The bridle had a bar tack on it that could catch in the ring and give the appearance the bridle is correctly attached to the canopy. Parachute Riggers have known for a long time that when you start any job you finish it. If you are distracted, and need to leave the work, you start the procedure over on your return. Not having a pilot chute connected to the canopy on a single canopy system has always been a nightmare scenario for BASE jumpers, however, this is the first time it has actually happened.

Alexi Kosarev

BFL #75 Date: 2003 April 05
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Earth Location: ITALY, , Brento COD: strike / Normal clothes Description: Alexi experienced an off heading opening and a wall strike after a 5 to 6 second delay. He is hung up for a short period of time before falling the remaining distance to the talus. An Alpine rescue is immediately launched only to find Alexi dead. There are questions surfacing now concerning the experience and preparation level of this jumper. Locals are saying high winds and the short delay (they recommend at least 8-9 seconds) put Alexi too close to the wall on opening. This is the fifth Brento BASE fatality and concerned local jumpers have placed a plaque at the launch point, not so much to memorialize the dead, but to forewarn the living that Brento is an advanced skills level BASE jump

Linus Rains

BFL #76 Date: 2003 July 23
Base Fatality
Nationality: Swedish Object Type: Earth Location: Labben – Stabben Wall (Trollveggen), Romsdalen, Norway COD: Strike + impact / Normal clothes Description: This is a report from Linus' fiancee, Linus launched from Labben during the evening of July 23th. The weather is clear and there's no wind. As usual he started to track from the wall face and out over the talus. Linus is a highly skilled tracker and his previous jump from Labben in June, this year, he made a 38 seconds delay sans wing suit. No one knows exactly what went wrong, but this is what I saw from the landing area. The canopy started to deploy at the lower point of the talus, but he impacted on the talus before the main canopy is fully inflated. He hit the wall twice in his fall and eventually came to rest at a ledge, approximately 150 meters up the talus. Within an hour, the rescue team had located him, dis-entangled his parachute, and declared him dead. Technical examination of the canopy revealed one toggle is released. Linus' injuries and the fact only one toggle is released indicates a possible 180 degree off heading opening and a cliff strike. Linus is a very experienced and skilled big wall jumper. He found his passion for BASE jumping in Romsdal, Norway, where he made his first BASE jump with an American friend in the summer of 1997. His love for BASE jumping drove him to the big walls of Europe where Linus and had some of the best moments of his BASE jumping career. He found comfort in the mountains and Linus is fascinated by the dramatic landscapes of Norway, and especially Trollveggen. He spent a lot of time in Romsdal where he and his Norwegian friends opened up many new launch points. Linus has many good friends in the BASE community. His first years of BASE jumping he shared with his good friend Thor-Alex Kappfjell, whose memory he always kept close to his heart. In June this year Linus had spread the last of the ashes of his friend John Hoover at that very same site on the Trollveggen. Linus was a very loving and caring person and he leaves a great emptiness behind

Fabrice Parent

BFL #77 Date: 2003 August 11
Base Fatality
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: strike / Normal clothes Description: Fabrice had 500 skydives and 53 BASE jumps when he launched for this planned 9-second delay. On deployment he experienced a 180 with a full line twist and impacted the wall

Gabi Dematte

BFL #78 Date: 2003 August 13
Base Fatality
Nationality: Austrian Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Gasterntal COD: Strike + impact Wingsuit Death Description: The following report is from one of Gabi's many friends. Gabi went to jump alone, like she did very often. Getting away from the crowds in Lauterbrunnen she went to another valley known by only a very few jumpers. She couldn't outfly a ledge with her wings. Which is awkward, because she kicked ass with those wings. She did not attempt to pull. Gabi was a very good jumper, and a super nice person. I was lucky to get to know her and I will treasure her contribution to my existence. For me, it was nice to jump with another woman. It was special and it did not last long enough. Lauterbrunnen valley is empty and quiet now. Gabi is the fourth BASE wing suit fatality

Jason Corcoran

BFL #79 Date: 2003 October 09
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Span Location: UNITED STATES, IDAHO, Twin Falls COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: Jason is the second Perrine Bridge fatality and Twin Fall's third BASE fatality overall. With around 2000 skydives and 100 BASE jumps Jason is performing aerials and either over-delayed, or had some type of pilot chute or bridle hang up. While his pilot chute did deploy his canopy did not inflate prior to impact If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Bruno Barles

BFL #80 Date: 2003 November 23
Bruno Barles
Nationality: French Object Type: Span Location: FRANCE, , Tulle COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: The only report I have here is the bridle may have become lodged under this jumper's arm preventing any further deployment. *** UPDATE 12-JAN-2010 ***The jumper was a French ex special forces officer and experienced military jump including HALO. He and a friend went to jump a 150m bridge this night. The bridge does not have a pedestrian walkway and as such it is illegal to cross by foot. Highway patrol spotted the two and attempted to arrest them. The jumpers ran towards the exit point to jump as their getaway but while this jumper dropped the PC. It became entangled with him while picking it up and he jumped anyway. It is unknown if he knew or not about the entanglement prior to jumping but he was unable to clear it in freefall. It may sound obvious but don't sacrifice safety over getting busted. Busted is always better than busted up (or dead). If you have a picture/name of this jumper please contact us

Alexander Papuca

BFL #81 Date: 2004 May 03
Base FFatalityataility
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Antenna Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION, , Saratov COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: So far this appears to be a deployment problem either by starting the sequence too late, or experiencing some sort of pilot chute hesitation. The jumper had 129 skydives and 3 BASE jumps. This is the third reported BASE fatality from Russia. If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Andi Krenner

BFL #82
Base Fatality #
Date: 2004 June 18 Nationality: Austrian Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: From a report. Andi had 300 skydives and 30 BASE jumps. It was his 2nd jump that day and his 2nd jump from the Nose. He jumped straight, tracked, opened at around 200 meters off the ground (half-way down the face), had a 180 and hit the cliff 3-seconds later. There was zero wind. From what I've been told it was his first off-heading opening. He died immediately on impact. New Information from fellow jumpers is that he was a very nervous jumper and may have been jumping above his limits numerous times he was very nervous at exit points which other jumpers picked up on.....

Jeff Barker

BFL #83 Date: 2004 July 05
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest COD: Impact Wingsuit jump Description: Jeff is jumping with a wingsuit and he failed to clear a outcropping in freefall. This is the fifth BASE wingsuit fatality.

Duane Thomas

BFL #84 Date: 2004 August 21
Base Fatality
Nationality: New Zealand Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: Duane, a Kiwi with a quick smile, is a well known and experienced BASE jumper. The following is from an eye witness. The jump is witnessed by two British jumpers and two Swiss jumpers. One Brit watching, and videoing, from the exit point, the other three watching from the LZ. This is Duane's first wingsuit BASE jump, and his first jump ever with a leg mounted pilot chute pouch. Prior to this jump Duane prepared by making 50 aircraft and 2 hot air balloon wingsuit skydives. Duane had a good exit and a good flight. Everybody saw him reach for and locate the pilot chute at what the witnesses said is a reasonable altitude. He then kept his hand there and continued in freefall. The speculation is the lack of normal groundrush (like the type he is used to when not wearing a wingsuit) might have fooled him. The Swiss are yelling at him to pull and he finally did so, at what they said is about 30-feet above the ground. The canopy lifted out of the pack tray but is no where near line stretch when he impacted in a full flight position. According to the Swiss there is no fumbling around, or looking for the pilot chute handle - all the witnesses agree on this. He reached and located the pilot chute, but just took to long to deploy it. A hard pull cannot be fully discounted at this time, but all the witnesses believe he just waited too long. This is the sixth BASE wingsuit fatality since the first one occurred in September of 2002

Roland 'Slim' Simpson

BFL #85 Date: 2004 October 22
Base FatFatalityaility
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Building Location: CHINA, , Shanghai COD: Strike Wingsuit Jump Description: Slim is an experienced and well known BASE jumper with over 1200 jumps when he launched for this wingsuit flight at a major BASE event in China. After a good flight he deployed into line twists and is unable to avoid a hard rooftop strike on an adjacent structure. Slim is a major influence on an entire generation of BASE jumpers and this is a major blow, not only in his home country of Australia, but to the entire BASE world. There is much to be said of this man including this sentiment from one of his good friends. I am awed by his courage, determination, and perseverance in coming back to a sport that had battered and broke him once before. He faced down the demon of fear after his recovery and re-entered the sport with humor and panache. And cripples can fly he said of his first jump back. What an inspiration he was.

Jason Fitz-Herbert

BFL #86 Date: 2004 October 29
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: AUSTRALIA, New South Wales, Bungonia Gorge COD: Strike / Normal clothes Description Tracking Pants worn but not top: Jason is a very experienced BASE jumper (800 jumps) and instrumental in training many of Australia's first time BASE jumpers. The following is from an eyewitness report. Jason was traveling to the funeral of Roland (Slim) Simpson, who died BASE jumping nine days earlier. While Slim is a dear friend of Jason's this is not a memorial jump. Jason is attempting a very difficult jump he had been working towards for some time. This site requires a good track to achieve adequate separation from the wall and to clear an under hung section. Jason is wearing tracking pants. He performed a single front somersault that over rotated and delayed the start of his track. He pitched his pilot chute but impacted the under hung section prior to full deployment. Jason touched many lives and will be sorely missed. His motivation in recent times is improving the safety of the sport and he's recently appointed the Director of Safety and Training for the Australian BASE Association. It is sure his many friends, and students he's mentored, will forever keep his memory alive. Jason leaves behind his partner Livia, and his former partner Melissa, and their six year old son Blake

Erich Wagar

BFL #87 Date: 2004 November 17
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Antenna Location: UNITED STATES, WISCONSIN, Somerset COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: One of the good guys is how this jumper is being remembered. This is a daytime 2-way tower jump (940-feet) in foggy conditions. According to his friends, Erich is well known for his aerials and is fast earning recognition for his ability and friendly bearing. Here's a report from the other jumper on the load. We did a 2-way and we left stable and immediately began to track away from the tower. We planned for him to be the low man and he was to signal me to pull by reaching for his pilot chute and delaying one second. I deployed my canopy as soon as his hand moved toward his pilot chute. My canopy deployed normally and on heading. After I established that I had a good canopy I witnessed Erich with a partially open canopy impact the ground. The spot where he impacted was on a hill about thirty to fifty feet above the base of the tower and 250-ft horizontally away. I landed safely and immediately cutaway my canopy and ran toward him. I found him unconscious and unresponsive. I tried CPR but he did not respond. I then called 911 and emergency services were sent to the scene. The EMTs hooked him up to a monitor and there were no vital signs. I believe he was killed immediately on impact. Eric was one of my best friends and was a friend to many people around the world. Please think of his wife Gretchen and his son Max because they need our love. I will miss him and all that know him will as well. The world is a lesser place due to his passing. This is the third BASE fatality that is fog related.

Johannes Teigland

BFL #88 Date: 2005 March 24
Base Fatality
Nationality: Norwegian Object Type: Earth Location: Brento, ITALY COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: J.T. is doing aerials. After completing those aerials he encountered stability problems that led to a late deployment and a wall strike. Here is a rough translation from the Italian press. Desire to fly in the vacuum at one hundred km/h for 500 meters and to open the parachute in extremis has costed the life to J. T., 31 years, of Oslo that yesterday morning launched from Italian terminal wall exit. To betray the Scandinavian jumper it has been probably the insufficient acquaintance of the particular local climatic conditions. In fact, it has been a squall of local wind to make to lose the control of the parachute to the young person that has ended to crash against cliffs dying on the blow. It is the sixth victim on the walls of of Italy in five years. If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Olov Axel Kappfjell

BFL #89 Date: 2005 May 16
Base Fatality
Nationality: Norwegian Object Type: Antenna Location: FRANCE, Paris, Eiffel Tower COD: Impact/Strike / Normal clothes Description: Olov is a cousin of Thor Axel Kappfjell who himself died BASE jumping in 1999. Olov, with another jumper and a small crew, is endeavoring to jump in honor of Norway's Independence Day. Earlier that day they had been discovered while preparing to launch from the 56-story Montparnasse tower, the only real skyscraper in Paris. It is then decided to attempt a jump from the Eiffel Tower. Initially the plan called for jumping from the top of tower which is 930-feet. However, tight security made them abort that idea. A decision is then made to attempt the jump from a lower level. The second level (or platform) of the tower is 370-feet and at this point the second jumper elected not to jump. Olov launched and impacted the first level of the tower. This level is 200-feet AGL and 170-feet below where he launched. In modern BASE terms the Eiffel Tower is first jumped by two BASE jumpers in 1984. The following year stuntman/skydiver B.J. Worth made a legal jump for the James Bond film , A View to a Kill. Sadly, Olov and his cousin Thor are the first two relatives to appear on this List.

Siller Wolfgang

BFL #90 Date: 2005 May 21
Base Fatality
Nationality: Austrian Object Type: Earth Location: AUSTRIA, , Drachenwand COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: This jumper had about 100 BASE jumps and is flying a BM S3 wingsuit for the first time. It's reported he had 10 previous wingsuit BASE jumps all with a BM GTI. It is being said that winds may have been a factor in his having stability problems. A rescue team found him with his pilot chute still stowed in his leg strap pouch. Locals are asking BASE jumpers to refrain from jumping this site for at least a month

Jurij Graciov

>> BFL #91 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 03, 2005 Nationality: Russian Jurij Graciov

Darcy Zoitsas

BFL #92 Date: 2005 July 19
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: NORWAY, , Kjerag COD: Impact Tracking Pants and Top Description: Darcy was using a PF tracking suit. He had been using it for some time and as most of the jumpers, he had experienced that he had to make some adjustments to his position and technique to get the suit really working. He was experienced big wall jumper and very current on this specific site. The jump in question was his first jump where he really nailed his track from the very first stages of the track. He really had his suit flying and he was motoring towards the LZ. (It must be noted at that point tracking to the landing area was not so common feat on this site). At the same time as he was tracking along the talus he was getting sucked lower and lower and he probably didn't experience normal ground rush as his track was really going at that point. So at the time he started to deploy he maybe didn't notice just exactly how low he was, he was not by any means too low but just low enough that his margin for error was getting thinner. At deployment time he experienced some unstableness in his position, tried to correct that and tumbled, from there he probably tried to gain stability before deploying. He eventually pitched but impacted the talus near line stretch. What must be noted from this fatality is that while the modern flying equipment is making BASE safer it is also is presenting us with new hazards. When going into tracking suits or starting flying wingsuits it must be remembered that you might not experience normal groundrush and you can easily get unintentionally sucked low. Also stability issues during pull time can be very different situations with big inflating clothing.

Vadim Vertz Vertzgaizer

BFL #93 Date: 2005 November 11
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Antenna Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION, , Angarsk COD: Strike then Impact / Normal clothes Description: According to a Russian crew this tower has more guy wires attached to the top than the bottom and Vadim had approximately 30 previous BASE jumps. He had a slight stability problem during the launch and this caused him to deploy sooner than planned. The opening resulted in an off heading deployment. At this point the canopy collided with one of the tower's guy wires and hung there for a moment before it began sliding down the wire. In just a few seconds the heat generated by this movement sawed through a riser and at least one front riser line group. Vadim fell the rest of the way, about 300- feet, and is killed on impact. Vadim is in an area without too many other BASE jumpers to get advice from and most jumpable sites here haven't been opened yet

Julian Tom Manship

BFL #94 Date: 2005 December 31
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Antenna Location: UNITED STATES, NORTH CAROLINA, COD: Impact Tracking Pants and Top Description: Weather conditions at the time were reported to be clear skies with light winds on a new moon, launch altitude was approximately 1500-feet. Witnesses, approximately 3500?? away on the ground, report hearing the beginning stages of deployment for about 1 second followed by impact with the ground. Ground crew arrived at Tom immediately and checked for vital signs. 911 was called at approximately 12:33 AM, and authorities arrived on the scene within minutes. Ground crew noticed that both brakes were still stowed and the slider was only 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down the lines. The autopsy report confirmed Tom died on impact from multiple fatal injuries. Death was attributed to a low pull but no clear conclusions can be made as to why. A gear check was performed after removal and nothing was found to be wrong with his equipment. His gear was configured appropriately for this jump and he was wearing a Tracking Suit. Tom was an extremely well liked and experienced BASE jumper with 1869 BASE jumps from more than 40 objects. Tom, who spent his summers in Twin Falls, Idaho making 4 jumps a day, was known and loved by many jumpers around the world

Paul Smith-Crallan

Stephan Grøssmann

BFL #96 Date: 2006 April 15
Base Fatality
Nationality: Swiss Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen/The Nose COD: Wall Strike / Normal clothes Description: Stephan had approximately 40 previous BASE jumps, with one being from this same cliff. The jump is stowed and slider up and he did a conservative delay and tracked before opening high over the talus. He then experienced an off heading opening and suffered a wall strike.Witness reports from the top say he should have had enough time to turn but maybe had line twists, or some other problem, not apparent from the top. Stephan was a locally well respected rigger and in the process of setting up a BASE school when this accident occurred. He leaves behind a wife and two children

Stephane LLonide

BFL #97 Date: 2006 April 16
Base Fatality
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Wall Strike / Normal clothes Description: This jumper had one previous BASE jump when he over rotated head down before pitching his pilot chute. He then experienced an off heading opening facing the cliff and is on his risers trying to turn, but he did not clear the wall in time. He continued to impact the wall until coming to rest in the talus. If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Alexey Sayutin

BFL #98 Date: 2006 May 06
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Earth Location: UKRAINE, , Crimea, Engelsk COD: Wall Strike / Normal clothes Description: This is a hand held slider off short delay from a cliff. After 2 to 3 seconds of freefall this jumper experienced an off heading opening. He hit the wall and slid down the rest of the way to the talus. He was still alive at that point and resuscitation efforts were quickly begun but Alexey died an hour and half later. The above three BASE fatalities are similar and all occurred in a span of three weeks. As our sport becomes ever more popular, and we approach our hundredth BASE fatality, it may be time to reflect on the obvious dangers and to instill in people that BASE is not the sport for everyone. BASE jumping is like a Rose, it is beautiful, and it can hurt you, and it all depends on how you grab for it.

Tony Coombesy Coombes

BFL #99 Date: 2006 May 27
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: Labben – Stabben Wall (Trollveggen), Romsdalen, Norway COD: Wall Strike Tracking Pants and Top Description: Witness reports say Coombesy was hung up on the wall with his canopy out at about 300 meters from the bottom. The jump was reported as a five way and Coombesy is known for flying close to the wall. Coombesy was a well known Australian BASE jumper and a Bloke's Bloke who had friends throughout the world. This is the seventh Trollveggen area fatality.

Shannon Carmel Dean

BFL #100 Date: 2006 May 29
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Span Location: UNITED STATES, IDAHO, Twin Falls COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: This was Shannon's 4th jump at an annual Memorial weekend event in Twin Falls. She did a good launch and a stable face to earth delay before encountering a problem in deploying her stowed pilot chute. Witness reports state she reached for the pilot chute and either missed it or lost her grip - while extracting it from the BOC. One witness stated her last attempt to deploy the pilot chute resulted in it (the pilot chute) getting on her back and hesitating. The final result was an impact with essentially nothing out. Shannon, as evidenced by the outpouring from within the BASE community, was a special person whos zest for life influenced all who came in contact with her. It must also be mentioned that this year's event in Twin Falls saw marginal weather conditions and less jumps made than in previous years, yet there was a serious up-tick in the amount of injuries sustained by jumpers in general. There are some saying this bridge is a cakewalk as far as BASE jumps go - but all well thinking BASE jumpers know better than to apply the word cakewalk to any BASE jump. Note: Shannon has become the 100th BASE jumping fatality since the first one occurred twenty five years ago in 1981.

Mario Massato

BFL #101 Date: 2006 June 18
Base Fatality
Nationality: Brazilian Object Type: Antenna Location: BRAZIL, , Ribeirão do Sul COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: Before his own jump Mario had assisted two other jumpers using the pilot chute assist (PCA) method from this 225-foot cellular phone tower. Alone on the tower now Mario climbed outside into a launch position. He then pivoted 180-degrees in order to face the tower and hook up his pilot chute. Then he turned again to face away. However, he turned the wrong way and effectively wrapped the bridle around his lower body and he didn't notice the problem prior to launching. The dynamic shock load of his full body weight hitting the bridle as he fell caused the cordage holding the bridle and pilot chute to the tower to separate prior to opening the container or giving him line stretch. He reacted quickly and fought to clear the bridle, but while the pilot chute did inflate, and did open the container, the parachute itself is fouled around his body and he died immediately on impact.

Bernd Stecher

BFL #102
Date: 2006 September 09
Base Fatality

Nationality: Austrian
Jump Type: Tracking Pants and Top
Object Type: Earth
Location: AUSTRIA, , Dachstein Southwall
COD: Wall Strike
Description: The following is from an internet translation: Bernd is with a colleague from Salzburg when they rode the cablecar to the top of Dachstein, with the intent to hurl themselves into the deep over the southwall. The jumper from Salzburg jumped first, then the jumper from the Steirmark region. At about 2000 Meters high (assuming ASL) the 27-year old experienced some problems, the cause of which is unknown, and went too close to the wall. He bounced against the cliff, his parachute opened and got caught and Bernd St. stayed there hanging from the lines without his life.

Adam Gibson

BFL #103 Date: 2006 September 15
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: Canon Del Sumidero, MEXICO COD: Impact with wall Description: From a report: Adam over rotated his front loop and went fully head down for almost the entire freefall trying to correct it. At the last second he obviously realized he couldn't make it and threw his pilot chute, but did not have time to extract anything else as he hit the ledge. He died instantly as was confirmed by the autopsy report. A word about aerials: There was another jumper with Adam who has since penned a heartfelt awakening concerning aerials after they both agreed to do aerials on this jump. The gainer. The truth of it is, at some point this summer, the gainer became my 'crutch' move. I can finally be honest about that. I had always heard about people that struggled to do a flat and stable exit because all they ever did were aerials, I hadn't realized that I had moved in that direction. I was scared and gainers made me feel confident, so that's probably why I saw what I wanted to see when I looked over that ledge. Beyond that, I really thought that I could pull it off. Of course, the true test of a successful jump is not whether you can 'pull it off,' but rather if you can repeat it.

Brian Lee Schubert

BFL #104 Date: 2006 October 21
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Span Location: UNITED STATES, WEST VIRGINIA, New River Gorge Bridge COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: Brian, who along with Mike Pelkey, were the first two persons to parachute from Yosemite's El Capitan in 1966. Those jumps became the catalyst for the sport later to become BASE jumping. Last year they both came to Bridge Day (2005) and spoke to the assembled jumpers. The recounting of their El Cap experience had us laughing, clapping, and yes, crying a bit too. It was the closing of circle in the history of BASE and I consider myself very lucky to have had the chance to become friends with both men. Up until that Bridge Day neither man had kept up their BASE jumping or skydiving, but that year (2005) Mike Pelkey made a successful jump from the bridge. Brian deferred saying he wasn't ready, and he spent the following year getting ready and dreaming of next year's Bridge Day. Prior to his jump Brian received refresher training from several qualified people. Video shows Brian struggling to move the trapped pilot chute from his chest for 2 full seconds. While Brian did unintentionally perform one backflip shortly after a non-vertical standard (20 degrees forward) launch, he became stable and deployed his pilot chute in adequate time. He did, however, fail to deploy his pilot chute into clean air. Brian deployed his pilot chute into his chest at the 5 second mark where it became trapped against his body until being released at the 7 second point. Brian's parachute began to deploy, but the slider had just started down the lines when impact occurred at 8.5 seconds. I would be remiss in not mentioning what kind of man Brian was ?? he was generous to a fault and as big hearted as they come. Mike Pelkey lost his best friend at Bridge Day 2006 and we lost a gentle man who unconditionally and genuinely loved us all . .

Joe Lathrop

BFL #105 Date: 2006 November 03
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Span Location: UNITED STATES, IDAHO, Twin Falls COD: Impact / Normal clothes Description: Reports state Joe used a packing aid, a pull up cord, while folding and stowing his pilot chute on the bridge. It is not known for sure if he removed the pull up cord prior to jumping. He then did a floater launch that went slightly head low and he pitched at 2.5 seconds. Witnesses on the bridge report his pilot chute looked too small the inference being the pull up cord is still on the pilot chute. Another witness, in the LZ, said the pilot chute was inflated just prior to impact. The bridle was found to be tightly wound around one of Joe's ankles. The container remained closed (although one witness said it opened at the last moment) and when examined the pilot chute was free of any packing aids. Another witness on the bridge, who was not part of Joe's group, said he watched Joe use the pull up cord to stow his pilot chute, but couldn't say if it was left in place as he never saw the pull up cord again. This witness also mentioned he pointed out that Joe had twisted a leg strap while donning his rig and that Joe fixed the twist prior to launching. Joe is the fourth Perrine Bridge fatality and the eleventh BASE fatality of 2006.

Csaba Zsiros

BFL #106 Date: 2006 November 18
Base Fatality
Nationality: Hungarian Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen (La Mousse) COD: impact / Normal clothes Description: Csaba had close to 500 BASE jumps and jumping along with two other experienced BASE jumpers. One of the other two is doing a short delay, with camera, to film the others. Csaba launched back to earth and did not start tracking until he was very close to the outcropping of the wall. When he did start his track he realized he wasn't going to make it past the outcropping and deployed his canopy, but he impacted the cliff as his canopy was opening. The canopy did fly out over the LZ, giving the other jumpers some hope, but Csaba is already dead when help reached him. Most likely he was killed instantly in the cliff strike.

Edgar Kraus

BFL #107 Date:: 2006 December 27
Base Fatality
Nationality: German Object Type: Earth Location: ITALY, , Brento (ITW) COD: impact / Normal clothes Camera Jump Description: A jumper on the load has reported this as a two-way with Edgar launching on his back and filming the upper jumper. The second jumper tracked out and over Edgar after about three seconds, and watched as he attempted to turn face to earth which he says was done while very unstable. The witness also mentioned Edgar wasn't wearing a jumpsuit or tracking clothes. The second jumper opened and when he looked back he saw that Edgar's canopy had hit the wall and it and Edgar were now falling the rest of the way. This is the fifth fatality to involving flying back to earth with camera. Edgar was a well liked and experienced BASE jumper who's death, I hope, will unfortunately yet mercifully, end the single most disastrous year in BASE jumping's 27-year history. We lost thirteen brothers and sisters to 2006 and that should give us all pause to ponder what we are doing. The true consequences, of course, are visited onto the families of those jumpers, but it should reinforce in all of us to be as careful as possible. I don't know what the true answer is, or how we go about making the sport safer, but I do know we could all slow down a little bit, and we can, and should, temper our bravado around each other and especially around newer and would-be BASE jumpers.

Rene Duriaux

BFL #108 Date: 2007 January 04
Base Fatality
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: FRANCE, , Benevise COD: Unknown / Normal clothes Description: Details here are few, but it's being reported Rene was found in his car deceased at a remote cliff site by French Police. One of his legs were severely injured and his cause of death, it was determined, was heart failure. At the time he was found no gear was in evidence and it wasn't known if Renn was injured on his approach to the launch point or during a jump. Since the time of the discovery of his body his gear has been found at the bottom of the cliff. It appears now Renn was somehow injured during the jump but had managed to get back to his car where he died.

Alexander Chavdar

BFL #109 Date: 2007 January 28
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Antenna Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Galitch, COD: impact / Normal clothes Description: Alexander is with friends and jumping from a 1000-ft antenna tower in the daylight. The WX conditions are good. It's reported Alexander made 70 previous BASE jumps over the course of seven months and also had prior experience on this object. His associates are saying this was a low pull.

Sean Richards

BFL #110 Date: 2007 February 10
Base Fatality
Nationality: English Object Type: Other Location: SPAIN, , COD: object strike / Normal clothes Description: Sean was a long time and well known British BASE jumper and not much is know at this point except early reports are saying Sean hit the dam at some point during the jump. While dams have been popular BASE objects for a long time Sean has become the first BASE jumping fatality to occur from one. The weather conditions were good and the winds were 0-2mph across the dam. Hubert jumped first and had a perfect on heading opening. I went second and also had a good opening. Sean had a 90+ degree off heading to the left, but the canopy then apeared to surge left again as it started to fly - into the Dam wall. It was a full body impact, the canopy remained partially inflated, but he fell 80ft+ awkwardly onto some railings. He did not have enough time to react, but he never gave up.

Mikhail Panchenko

BFL #111 Date: 2007 March 21
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Antenna Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION, , Vladivostok COD: drowning / Normal clothes Description: Reports indicate Mikhail, who began skydiving at age 14, was also a paraglider pilot and had about 20 prior BASE jumps. He'd contacted another jumper before this jump and they discussed various issues including any possible static electricity problems. He'd just taken delivery of a brand new BASE container that had separate cutaway handles for each riser although the reporting jumper says it's not known if this had any bearing on the fatality. The jump was planned for a dry landing but once open Mikhail apparently realized he couldn't make the LZ and he went into the water about a 100-feet (30 meters) from shore. He was then seen struggling for about twenty minutes before being overcome by hypothermia. The water temperature was reported to be 39.2 F (+4 C). Ground crew tried to get to him but could not do so in time. His body was recovered and taken to the hospital where emergency care was provided. Mikhail had a website and it is here: http://www.windsport.ru/events/2007_03_22.html

Yegor Drozdov

BFL #112 Date: 2007 April 10
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Span Location: UNITED STATES, IDAHO, Twin Falls COD: impact/ Normal clothes Description: This report is from a local and very experienced BASE jumper. Unfortunately, we had a fatality here yesterday. Reports are thin, because the jumper was alone. We do have some tourist reports from the overlook. Conditions were very bad, so bad that none of the locals believed this was really a BASE fatality at first, as we all thought it impossible that anyone would have decided to jump in the very strong and extremely turbulent winds. From my initial conversation with the coroner, it appears (I have not examined the gear, so this is going off what the non-jumping medical examiner was able to relay over the phone from my questions) that impact occurred at high speed with a closed container, but with the PC fully deployed. My best guess is that the jump took place in a very high tailwind (weather history shows 32-39 mph winds at the time of the accident) and that the jumper experienced a wind induced bridle entanglement (possible from pitching early with a high tailwind, and getting the PC blown back under the arm/body). Sheriff dispatch reported a call from a jumper just before the jump [as per local protocols] followed within 10 minutes by a call from a spectator who had observed the impact. No jumpers observed the accident, so all my information is 4th hand at this point. I'm hoping to have a look at the gear sometime in the next few days. A report issued by local authorites on 4/12/07 is now saying Yegor was found with the bridle still wrapped around his hand. This is the fifth Perrine Bridge fatality and Twin Falls' sixth BASE fatality overall (the former being from another area bridge). The five Perrine fatalities all appear to be from pilot chute problems that led to late, or no canopy deployments at all.

Jimmy Hall

BFL #113 Date: 2007 May 09
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: CANADA, Nunavut, Baffin Islands, Sam Ford Fjord COD: impact Wingsuit Jump Description: Updated: Based on video and eyewitness accounts: Jimmy was the 3rd jumper in a 3-way wingsuit exit. Jimmy exited head high, and remained too flat to begin immediate and efficient flight. He only achieved efficient flight after a 7 second period of freefall in a near-stall configuration. (Jimmy flew for 29 seconds total, popular reports stating that he "hit a ledge" or "went head down" are untrue). The remaining 22 seconds of Jimmy's flight occurred just above the snow in the couloir at the bottom of the canyon, at an altitude that was too low to pull safely. After matching his glide path to the couloir in the bottom of the canyon for 20 seconds, Jimmy deployed his pilot chute. In the outside video, it is possible to see the pilot chute and canopy top surface deploy. Immediately after canopy extraction, Jimmy impacted the couloir in a head first configuration. He had 103 BASE jumps, with approximately 45 of them being wingsuit, prior to this incident. He had more than 700 skydives.

Jean-Marc
Mouligné

BFL #114 Date: 2007 June 30
Base Fatality
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: FRANCE, , Verdon COD: Drowning/ Normal clothes Description: Base jumping specialist Jean-Marc Mouligne died by drowning Saturday in the Verdon gorges after a jump in La-Palud-sur-Verdon (in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), according to police reports. Base jump is a dangerous sport which involves throwing oneself off a cliff with a parachute. Jean-March Mouligne, 57 years old, was known as the human catapult since he learned how to catapult himself more than 100 metres from the ground before opening his parachute. According to the police, he had made a jump, and it was on landing that his parachute, falling into the water, pulled him to the bottom. His body was found at the end of the morning by practioners of white-water sports. He was removed by helicopter at the end of the afternoon. Jean-Marc Mouligne was originally from Romainville in Seine-Saint-Denis. A website dedicated to him can be found here: http://www.hommevolant.fr/hommevolant/Accueil.html

Nikolai Ens

BFL #115 Date: 2007 July 07
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Earth Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION, , Nalchik COD: Cliff Strike/ Normal clothes Description: This report was received through a jumper who was able to translate Russian.... cliff jump. the deceased had 65 jumps, 3 from the same cliff. the rest were from 60 and 80 meter antennas. to get to LZ you have to fly over a river, so most people do slider downs at this cliff. The site was opened last year. They were held up by weather for over 3 hours due to a very strong headwind, and afterwards the weather was marginally ok - 2-3 meters a sec winds (4-5mph). The jumper took 1-2 seconds, people saw the pitch, did not hear the openings, but heard the rocks rollings.He was found 230 meters below the exit hung up with toggles in his hands. The jumper was using a Troll 305 MDV A picture of the site can be seen here: http://photofile.ru/users/anis-i/1392388/30043672/ If you have a picture of this jumper please contact us

Stephen 'Stevo' Richard Anderton

BFL #116 Date: 2007 August 14
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: Langrabpiggen – Sunndalsøra (Trollveggen), Romsdalen, Norway COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: This report came from Simon Plume, a friend of Stevo's who was also on the load: It was our 2nd jump for the day in the Litldahlen area. The first was from the 3rd valley, this jump was from the 2nd valley. The visibility was excellent, there was a small breeze at the exit point but nil wind down below. The jump is about 4550 feet from exit to landing. It was a 5 way, wingsuit jump. But due to the nature of the exit point, only about 2 jumpers can exit simultaneously. Stevo exitted first, followed by another jumper and then myself with 2 others following. He was in a V1. We flew the left wall out into the valley and then turned a sharp left to follow the wall along to where the 3rd valley comes out (We have flown out of this 3rd valley on 2 other occasions - one being earlier that day). At this point, I was about 80m behind and slightly above. Stevo had planned to fly up into the 3rd valley briefly before coming back out. We were flying close to 90% max flight. Stevo turned left into the 3rd valley briefly, before straightening again and then he started to turn right back out of the 3rd valley. I did not go into the 3rd valley but continued to fly straight. Due to his turn I was now only 40-50m behind and still above. As he continued his right turn it became a hard bank (most likely because he realised he was too far in) to the point that his right arm wing folded under, similiar to when you initiate a barrel roll. With the speed he carried into the turn he most likely would have been getting alot of side-slip as well. Stevo corrected but lost stability whilst trying to maintain his sharp turn. He remained unstable and impacted the far side of the gorge after another 2 sec. At this point I was about 30-40m above and 10m behind. I flew away from the valley, opened, landed and we called a helicopter. Stevo's body was retrieved within 2.5hrs. Stevo was a great friend to those around him and will be sorely missed by the Oz BASE crew and those around the world that met him. He was inspirational, a joker and a great mate.

Bert Brooks

BFL #117 Date: 2007 September 07
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Wall Strike/ Normal clothes Description: Bert was with his girlfriend Michelle on a BASE vacation in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Conditions were good, and this particular jump occurred a bit after 2pm local time. Michelle jumped first, landed, and turned to watch Bert's jump. He was using a 34 pilot chute expecting to get full terminal airspeed but had to pitch between 5 and 7 seconds. It is unclear why, but he was too close to the wall to continue freefall. Bert pitched and opened with a 180 facing the wall. Bert struck the wall multiple times and was reported to be unresponsive after the first strike. Bert made it a point to never wear a helmet. Had he chose otherwise it could have given him a chance to fight and turn after that first strike. We will never know but hopefully will think twice ourselves about protective gear.

Marcelo Dutra

BFL #118 Date: 2007 September 13
Base Fatality
Nationality: Brazillian Object Type: Antenna Location: BRAZIL, , Encantado City COD: Impact - No canopy out/ Normal clothes Description: Marcelo was an outdoor enthusiast known as a climber, a rafting guide, a skydiver, and an well experienced paraglider pilot. He was new to BASE with around 30 jumps. Marcelo climbed a 180 foot antenna this evening. It was to be a static line jump and Marcelo chose to remove his pilot chute. He tied rope to the tower, and then his bridle to the rope using break-cord. The rope's knot to the tower came undone when he jumped and trailed behind him him even popping the pins of his container. Marcelo died from impact. Hindsight is 20/20: Always check your knots and think twice before removing a pilot chute even for a PCA or static-line.

Oleg Kudria

BFL #119 Date: 2007 September 30
Base Fatality
Nationality: Ukraine Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact - No canopy out/ Normal clothes Description: This report comes from a jumping mate of Oleg's: Oleg was an experienced skydiver and had 64 BASE jumps. He came to Lautebrunnen as a part of the Ukrainian team. Oleg jumped 2-way (Oleg was lower) from Yellow Ocean. On the video we can see that he was in good tracking position and prepare to throw pilot chute on the 7-8 seconds (his hand moves to the pc). After pitching he goes into boxman and was waiting for the opening. In this position he fell down into the trees. The container remains closed until impact. He dies immediately. On the next day we checked his base gear and found that the pilot chute was collapsed. The bridle had made a knot around the pilot chute. Our guess is that Oleg took out his pilot chute and before throwing he held on to it for a bit. During this time the bridle was in air and it was ?dancing? and either created a loop around the PC then or while he let go. Suggestion: Don?t hold PC if you pull it ? throw immediately.

Alexander Bogoroditskiy

BFL #120 Date: 2007 October 09
Base Fatality
Nationality: Kazakhstan Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact - No canopy out Tracking Top and Pants Description: This report comes from a post made by 'Victor Chik'. It is the only report I have seen or received. : The jump was to be a 9-way: 4 jumpers in Vampires, 4 in tracking gear, 1 in Prodigy. Exit order: first the trackers, followed by the wingsuits Alexander was jumping in a tracksuit. He was the jumper on the far left. On the video we have a good close-up shot of his rig just before the jump. There is nothing visibly wrong with the gear at this point. The launch went well, each jumper in his assigned sector. Many video POVs reveal no collisions or bumps of any kind. There were 5 cameras + 1 from the ground. We can see Alexander's jump from two video POVs. He appears to have an efficient and stable track all the way down until deployment. He pitches at around 200m, the first of his group. Immediately after pitching he goes into boxman. The pilot chute tows after him inflated at about 1m (3-4ft), i.e. the pilot chute does not reach full bridle stretch. Quickly realizing something is wrong, Alexander moves both arms back. The first video POV ends here. The other video POV shows him falling with his legs tucked in and his arms behind his back. He is not stable at this point as he is fighting to clear the malfunction. The pilot chute is still towing after him inflated at about 1m from his back. He impacts still fighting and towing the pilot chute at forest line (the closest to the field). The container remains closed until impact, there is no part of the canopy out. He dies immediately at impact.

Jeferson Bitencourt

BFL #121 Date: 2007 October 13
Base Fatality
Nationality: Brazillian Object Type: Building Location: BRAZIL, , Curitiba City COD: Impact after cutaway/ Normal clothes Description: This report comes from a friend in Brazil who first learned to pack from Jeferson. Unfortunately this is the second fatality in Brazil within a month. Jeferson Bitencourt (Base # 848) jumped a 105 meters B in Curitiba city, Brazil. it was his 7th jump in this object. He jumped alone, a non jumper witness said he had a 180, cleared the building and crashed in a tall tree. Maybe he was just afraid of getting caught or maybe he was hurt on the tree; We don't know the reasons, but he cutaway his canopy, and fell 40 feet. He had multiple injures on his back and head. Jeferson stayed in coma at the hospital for a week and passed away on October 20th. He started jumping in 2001, lived in Moab for 6 months, had 240 jumps and was considered to be well experienced by the Brazilian crew.

Emanuele Amadori

BFL #122 Date: 2008 May 25
Base Fatality
Nationality: Italian Object Type: Earth Location: Mezzocorona, Italy COD: Impact - No canopy/ Normal clothes Description: This report comes from a jumper who inspected the gear Emanuele was jumping without a tracking suit or wingsuit. He had a good track, good delay, reasonable pull altitude. Pilot chute in tow, reached back to pull bridal directly, actively trying to get something out until he disappeared into the trees. Found with canopy out, still neatly folded on the ground beside him, closing loops not broken suggesting pin extraction before impact. Gear was inspected but no obvious cause for a pilot chute in tow was evident. The only thing to note from the gear inspection was that he had a bridal with a wingsuit shrival flap attached. Accounts suggest this shrivel flap was seen tightly bunched up after the jump. It is not known exactly how he had stowed the bridal. It is possible that the bridal was stowed in a way that the shrivel flap snagged during extraction causing it to bunch up and form a solid ball that became wedged somewhere. This scenario might be possible if excess bridal, including the shrivel flap, was tucked under the closing flaps where normally only the last section of bridal between the pin and pouch is tucked. This is only speculation but having a second bridal for non-wingsuit jumps or storing the wingsuit shrivel flap inside the pilot chute where most of the bridal is normally folded could avoid this theoretical scenario.

Angus 'Gus' Hutchison-Brown

Yoann Lizeroux

BFL #124 Date: 2008 July 01
Base Fatality
Nationality: French Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, Lauterbrunnen, Jungfrau COD: Impact proxy flight Wingsuit Jump Description: After leaving exit point Jungfrau, a turn in flight apparently made for the purpose of descending and passing close to the first major ledge resulted in Yoan impacting said ledge.

Ben Cannon

BFL #125 Date: 2008 August 22
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, High Nose , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Camera Description: No one saw the final seconds of the jump, but judging from Ben's video he went in the trees at linestretch, no real inflation occurs. A jumper from the last load (3-way, all wingsuit, Ben shot video) speculates that 3 things contributed to the tragedy: 1. Loss of attention to altitude because he was watching the others. 2. Possible missed pull 3. Low pull Ben was conscious when the others reached him. They thought it was bad but really thought he would pull through. He was airlifted to Interlaken after he was stabilised, and then airlifted to Bern because of the severity of his injuries. He did not make it to Bern.

Tommy Tiger'n Hjerto

BFL #126 Date: September 09, 2008
Base Fatality
Nationality: Nowegian Object Type: Earth Location: Stabben – Stabben Wall (Trollveggen), Romsdalen, Norway COD: Impact proxy flight Wingsuit Jump Description: It was a two way wingsuit jump from Labben, flying toward the ridge on the right. Tommy did not seem to attain a good forward speed. Ended up impacting at the big ledge about 500 meter below exit. Apparently no attempt to pull.

Simon Skovgaard Jensen

Igor Anis Anisenko

Daniel Papy Jacquemin

Chad Dennis Suppa

BFL #130 Date: 2009 February 15
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: UNITED STATES, ARIZONA, Saguaro COD: Cliff Strike - Multiple Impact/ Normal clothes Description: From jumpers with Suppa one who was below and another at the exit point during incident- The group had been in Arizona, jumping some legal cliffs for a few days. On day 5, Suppa went first. The winds were reported to be close to calm, or they were in the wind shadow of a 4-5mph crosswind. Suppa took 1 second delay, stowed, in a flat and stable body position. The opening was a 180 with a half-linetwist, canopy flying towards the cliff. The first cliff strike was hard and the smack was heard clearly by the jumpers up top and below. Suppa was still facing forward and this strike was on his back and possibly back of his head; Suppa was wearing a skydiving helment for this jump. The second stike came after he had come out of the half twist and was head on. The strikes caused large boulders to be dislodged from the cliff and the combination of talus angle and destruction to the canopy caused it to collapse leave Suppa on the talus. The two jumpers above jumped down and landed by him for assistance. One jumper had recently gone through EMT training (a good idea for all of us) and began to assess his friend's situation. Rescue and paramedics were called in but Suppa died during extraction from major trauma. Chad was a well respected federal Wildland Firefighter.

Roar Rosten

BFL #131 Date: 2009 February 28
Base Fatality

Nationality: Norwegian
Object Type: Earth
Location: Yellow Ocean Lauterbrunnen , Switzerland
COD: Impact
Wingsuit: ​Phantom 1

Description: Wingsuit death A facebook memorial can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52948624650 If you have any details of this jumper please contact us

Aleksei Irzhembickij

BFL #132 Date: 2009 February 28
Base Fatality
Nationality: Russian Object Type: Antenna Location: BELARUS, , Minsk COD: Impact/ Normal clothes Description: Report from the Russians- gusting winds changing from crosswind to tailwind measuring 18-22mph (8-10m/s) the throw was clearly visible as a forward throw immediately after exit. The PC was inflated prior to the exit, and the jumper was not really able to throw. It seemed like right after the throw, the PC was blown behind the jumper. The PC was already inflated at the time of exit as he was holding it by the mesh. It was most likely unintentional as the jumper was experienced and new to throw instead of letting go. The container opened really low, he impacted right before complete linestretch, with lines partially out. Witness Speculation : exit - inflated PC - sudden gust of crosswind blows the PC behind the jumper - jumper tries to change body position as he realizes something is amiss - the PC clears the burble, but it's too low.

James Shane McConkey

Gorm Irgens Østlie

BFL #134 Date: 2009 April 08
Base Fatality
Nationality: Norwegian Object Type: Earth Location: Karlskråtind, Romsdalen, Norway COD: Impact wall Wingsuit Jump Description: This report comes from a local jumper to the area... Gorm and another jumper were on the exit ready to jump, both wearing wingsuits. They knew there was a Southeast wind in the area, but at the exit point there was no wind. Gorm wanted to see his fellow jumper's flight before he made up his mind about where his flight line would be. The other jumper never saw his jump, and there were no other witnesses on the ground. The scenario is just based on what I think happened. We knew Gorm had jumped off and flown a route to the right from exit, then either impacted or landed in a crack. He was missing for about 2 hours before something was located in a snow avalanche from the top of a mountain coming out of a crack. The rescue personnel scanned the area from helicopter when they arrived, and did see some fabric and a shoe sticking up of the snow. Due to the dangerous area, they decided not to take any further action, until the area was stabile. The snow avalanche was huge, and it was still coming down rocks and snow around in the area, also around in the valley. At this point they classified the situation as a body recover, and not a rescue operation, due to the time factor, and how they analyzed the situation. Two friends of his went later in the dark, to recover his body to a safer place, without informing the police, or rescue personnel. Later they got the body down with the police and help from search and rescue. Conclusion I have, and it is only what I think what happened. Gorm chose to fly a line to the right, after watching his friend fly straight out. We know there was Southeast wind, and this has a huge influence for this area. He might have flown proximity, and with this wind condition he would have met great turbulence along the mountainside that MIGHT have taken him out! Most local jumpers have heard about the SE winds in the area, but really do not understand the forces. I have been flying in them and truly recommend no jumping in those conditions.

Thibaux

BFL #135 Date: June 4th, 2009
Base Fatality
Nationality: Belgium Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact Description: This bit comes from a Swiss-German newspaper- Three base jumper at the Murrenfluh went, to take a further leap this day from the Nose. The first base jumper jumped off. His two colleagues noticed that he was unstable in freefall. Only when they were in the air - they took out a leap together - they saw their colleague was crashed and impacted near the cliff on the ground. The helicopter rescue crew found him dead. The cause of the incident is not yet known. Appropriate investigations are under way. If someone can give me better information please email bfl@baselogic.com

Mike Warren

BFL #136 Date: 2009 August 10
Base Fatality
Nationality: South African Object Type: Earth Location: Bispen, Romsdalen, Norway COD: Impact low pull Wingsuit Jump Description: This happened at the Bispen jump in Romsdal, which has become a popular place for spectators to watch wingsuit pilots buzz by. Bispen is Not a beginner or intermediate jump. Only very experienced wingsuit pilots should attempt this jump. Mike had approximately 8 wingsuit BASE jumps. He was jumping with a wingsuit with two others also wearing wingsuits and all three went off one after the other with Mike going first. It was foggy at the exit point and the fog cleared before the road. One of the other jumpers was flying over the road very high and looked down and saw Mike flying past the road switchback and Mike was far below him and it looked like Mike was close to the rock feature that the switchback is built upon. Mike also looked to be flying slow. Then Mike went out of view. There were no spectators on the road and no one saw Mike's impact. From the way Mike?s body and gear was damaged it appeared as though he had done an emergency pull while still over the rock, impacting on his backside at linestretch. (on a wingsuit BASE jump, initial linestretch will usually put you on your back).

Stefan Drenchev - Tsafa

BFL #137 Date: 2009 September 07
Base Fatality
Nationality: Bulgarian Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Cliff Strike Tracking Suit Worn Description: On the 9th, a group of seven went to jump from the High Nose. Stephan was the 5th to jump. His exit was perfect, but the track he performed did not separate him much from the wall. He pulled very stable but rather low and had a 180 on opening. He eventually cleared the turn but was too low and impacted on the talus. He then kept on falling and impacting, but nobody could see it clearly because he disappeared behind the trees. The canopy was fully inflated when he first impacted and the strike did not seem so hard because he was already very close to the talus, so no one thought that he would die because of the injuries. Air Glacier Helicopter Rescue was called whom arrived promptly and airlifted him to Bern. The high nose is known to be a more technical jump requiring BASE-specific tracking skill to separate yourself from the object.

Leroy Buckley

BFL #138 Date: 2009 September 09
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: UNITED STATES, UTAH, Delta COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: Leroy was on a trip to make his first wingsuit-BASE jump at notch peak with one friend. Upon checking with the locals to join the load they were told it's too hot (temperature not bust factor) to go at that point in the year and they recommend not going at all. The two decided to go anyway. Instead of taking a marked trail, Leroy decided (against his friend's better judgement) that they should blaze their own trail as it looked to be shorter to just follow his GPS straight up. After feeling lost for quite some time Leroy's friend decided to stop and turn back. Leroy did not agree and marched away. Leroy did eventually make it to the top. There are three exit points on Notch and the South wall is the only exit point with enough altitude to the talus not to be considered a technical wingsuit jump. The North wall is positive, and the West wall is only 600ft to the talus. Unfortunately, the South exit is not obvious to find and Leroy ended up deciding to jump the West wall. His body was found after many days of searching with clear indications of high speed impact on the talus. This exit point is a technical wingsuit jump and not suited in the least for a first wingsuit-BASE jump. Leroy visited with me just two days before making this final jump and I can say I always found him pleasant to be around. Nonetheless, he made a series of poor decisions that led up to this unfortunate event.

Jimmy Freeman

BFL #139 Date: 2009 October 31
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: AUSTRALIA, New South Wales, COD: Impact (Partial Inflation) Wingsuit Jump Description: This was Jimmy's 3rd attempt at a very technical wingsuit jump in Australia. Most jumpers would not even call it a wingsuit jump. He had just returned from a trip overseas and felt current enough to attempt the jump again. It is roughly a 220m (730ft) wall until the talus begins and total height to his planned landing roughly 450m (1500ft). He needed a good exit and extra good flight to make it to over the landing area. He was the first jumper off on the load and had a good exit. According to the others on the load, he did not appear to have much forward speed for the wingsuit he was using and towards the end of the flight he looked like he was flying close to the stall point. He deployed low, maybe 100m short of the planned opening area, and impacted with trees shortly after with his canopy only partially inflated. From the exit point there appeared to be no movement and the decision was made to jump down and see if he needed help. One jumper landed very close and got to him within 10 minutes. He was unable to reach Jimmy as he was high in the tree. There was no movement and no response from him. It is believed Jimmy died on impact from severe spinal damage.

Ueli Gegenschatz

Scott 'Moose' Doyle

BFL #141 Date: 2009 November 19
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: UNITED STATES, IDAHO, Jerome COD: Cliff Strike/ Normal clothes Description: Scott was third to jump the cliff known as Jawbone. He looked exceptionally nervous and made several countdowns before actually jumping. Scott had a weak launch a got very little separation from the wall. The canopy opened about 120 right with a half line twist. There was no attempt to correct the heading and Scott impacted the wall after 3 to 4 seconds of flight, bounced off, impacted a second time (probably the fatal blow), and then descended straight down coming to rest on a grassy spot between small boulders. He never regained consciousness. Scott's helmet was still on but once removed by medics it was obvious that it had been knocked out of place and then back into place as evidenced by the huge gash under the helmet. Scott was jumping a skateboard style (Miller Bowl Cut) helmet that did not extend down to cover the ears or back of the head. This helmet style has become quite popular in BASE because they are light, comfortable, and cool, but as this incident illustrates they provide little real protection when you really need it. Had Scott had a real helmet, especially a full face, I have little doubt that he would have survived.

Bernd Strehle

BFL #142 Date: 2009 November 28
Base Fatality
Nationality: German Object Type: Earth Location: SWITZERLAND, , Lauterbrunnen COD: Impact Tracking Suit Worn Description: This comes from jumper M, who was at the scene- Bernd was a very experienced skydiver (over 2000 jumps) and also an experienced BASE jumper (over 250 jumps in during the last 5 years). The exit was Mighty Penis or also called via ferrata (exit at Stechelberg next to the cable car). Bernd was wearing tracking pants but was not able to outtrack the last ledge and impacted with nothing out at terminal speed. The canopy came out of the container on impact, the top loop was broken and the container was ripped open totally on one side. Pls be reminded that all the new jumps at Stechelberg are jumps for advanced and experienced jumpers. If tracked, ultimate and flowerbox are for very good and experienced trackers. The mighty penis (or Via Ferrata) is even more difficult and is not a tracking jump. It is a Wingsuit only jump. And it is for experienced Wingsuiter only.

Darrell Dunafon

BFL #143 Date: 2009 December 04
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Antenna Location: UNITED STATES, ARIZONA, Casa Grande COD: Electrocution/ Normal clothes Description: Darrell was jumping a 276ft longline antenna near Casa Grande, AZ. He had jumped from this antenna before and knew that the only major hazard was a powerline running to the building at the base of the antenna. This powerline ran N to S from the SE corner of the compound. Darrell exited from the SW corner of the antenna in a light crosswind. He went handheld, taking a one second delay, and opened with a 90 left facing the lines. From our viewpoint, it was impossible to know if he had line twists or if he thought he could fly over the powerlines but approximately 4 seconds after opening, he impacted the lines and grounded out. We ran to him but he was unresponsive and suspended in the lines 10ft above. Emergency crews were immediately called but they were unable to do anything for him. Darrell's accident is a surprise to many who knew him. He was a skilled canopy pilot and active BASE jumper. His excitement for life and his outgoing personality will be missed by his many friends.

Darren Bull

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Mark Mosley

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Geoffrey Robson

BFL #146 Date: 2010 April 12
Base Fatality
Nationality: South African Object Type: Earth Location: SOUTH AFRICA, , Stellenbosch COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump Description: Geo was an experienced wingsuit pilot and set out this day to fly over the saddle at Stellenbosch. Geo was confident he could fly over the saddle and clear it by 50-100m. At 9:08 Geo lept from his exit point and began his flight. The other jumpers noticed at one point in his flight Geo's legs fold back a bit to lower his altitude but it is uncertain why he did this or if it was a concious decision at all. Soon after Geo left the view of the jumpers up top they heard the sound of his impact with the saddle. More info from His close friend "He was a great guy with an abundant enthusiasm for wingsuit flying- but ......he was a beginner pilot who was hanging around all the experienced jumpers. He only had one - two years in the whole sport of basejumping from first basejump to flying big wingsuits. he was a classic example of too much -too soon. I jumped with him alot and his exits were poor- classic head high student exits. I think it is important to differentiate. Lest others think they are experienced. It is easy now for beginners to successfully do a basejump/wingsuit flight and think that just because it was an advaced spot- then they are good. Knowing your real ability is key factor for every jumper- including myself"

Michele Avanzi

BFL #147 Date: 2010 April 25
Base Fatality
Nationality: Italian Object Type: Earth Location: ITALY,Alto Adige , COD: Impact/ Wingsuit Description: Michele was jumping with a friend from a high exit in the Alto Adige region. Michele jumped second but no part of his jump was witnessed. He was found amongst trees with the canopy and PC out but still packed, probably as a result of impact. The jump in question offers an extra 500m of elevation if you out fly a large plateau, we can only guess but from the position his body was found he seems to have commited to pass the plateau without sufficient margin. Michele was just returning from injury and was keen to get back to jumping. Michele was also an accomplished climber, well known in climbing circles. Michele (Il Gato / El Gat = the cat) joins his old jumping buddy, Manu (Emanuele Amadori # 122 aka il gufo), Il gato e il gufo are causing mischief again somewhere...

Jim Mitchell

BFL #148 Date: 2010 May 09
Base Fatality

Nationality: Australian
Object Type: Earth
Location: CANADA, , Baffin
COD: Impact Wingsuit Jump
Description: This report comes from another wingsuit jumper on the expedition, Jim was an experienced wingsuit base jumper and had jumped this particular wall 5-10 times before. It is not a beginers jump but also is not an excessively positive exit, it is possible to track. Weather and gear were not factors. He had given his ice axe to the photographer to carry down. He was not wearing crampons and there was no ice on the exit, it was solid rock. He was wearing expedition grade boots he had jumped over 20 times before. He was exiting second on a 2-way with the intention of filming. He did not appear to slip as he exited. Photos of the exit taken back from the edge indicate that the exit was too steep and went passed vertical. Contact with the wall occured approx 4 secs after exit. No-one witnessed the jump itself. It goes without saying that conditions are very cold on Baffin Island. You live on rehydrated food and on some days you miss your family and friends more than others. I am an experienced wingsuit jumper and once did something similar - towards the end of an expedition had an overly steep exit that was not caused by slipping. I remember feeling very steep as my expedition boots continued to move a little further forward tipping me slightly past vertical. After a hard arch I had a steep fast exit and a safe flight. It is very hard to believe what happened to Jim. He was very competent and experienced in all respects. All I can think of to take away from this is to suggest that wingsuit jumpers think about and discuss steep exit recovery techniques.

Daryl Norris

BFL #149 Date: 2010 May 23
Base Fatality
Nationality: Australian Object Type: Earth Location: AUSTRALIA, Queensland, Wallaman Falls COD: Impact/ Normal clothes Description:(Comment made by jumper on the load) Daryl had a nice launch and then struggled to put his hand onto the pilot chute.He continued to attempt to grasp it and deploy but went unstable onto his left side every time an attempt was made. After the fifth attempt he dissapeared into the tree shadow and impacted about 1/2 a second later onto rocks. Watched in disbelief as I had witnessed him touch and check the pilot chute a thousand times before exit like we all do. Being a bit rounder than average with big solid shoulders, I think his rig has moved far enough up his back when he went into freefall position from standing to put the boc just far enough up his back to be out of reach. He wasnt the most flexible of blokes either. This was his first stowed jump on that rig after two successful hand helds. The rig was not custom made for his dimensions(ie. his roundness/girth).. I think this was a contributing factor .He had over 6000 skydives,very current, and this was to be his 6th BASE jump. I,m wondering if he had his legstraps fully tightened,as this would cause the rig to move upwards with his shoulders when flying a boxed arch and legs spread more so than when standing. Things to learn from this would be. 1.. If doing stowed jumps,be sure the gear is made for your dimensions. 2.. If coming back to the sport after a long break,treat yourself like a student and wear the rig all night and day and practice laying flat and in a flying position deploying your pilot chute. In fact make sure you can get to your pilot chute in ANY position you may find yourself in,but most importantly in the full arch position when the rig has the most likelihood of moving on your body. 3... If any doubt exists,go hand held. He was an excellent skydiver who jumped small rigs and canopies. He was my good mate. I still bereave his passing. Best thing that can happen now is that lessons are learnt from this and in turn helps make our sport safer.

Jeremy François

BFL #150 Date: 2010 July 08
Base Fatality
Nationality: Belgium Object Type: Earth Location: FRANCE, Belvédère Louis Philippe , Magland COD: Impact ledge Wingsuit Jump Description: unclear... update : Jeremy was jumping with a group of people in the Magland area. He was an unexperienced wingsuit pilot when the group decided to go to a somewhat technical WS jump (Belvédère Louis Philippe). There is a good rockdrop there but if you dont fly out quickly you get confined in a narrowing gully. He has been reported to have an bad exit (sideways) then diseappeard. His body was later found in the forest under the cliff face.

Tyler Stimson

BFL #151 Date: 2010 July 17
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Antenna Location: UNITED STATES, VIRGINIA, COD: Impact/ Normal clothes Description: This is information from the other jumper on this load. Stimson was on this tower that he had jumped before and was mentoring a fellow Navy Seal. The plan was that they would both do static line jumps like they had done before. Tylers mentor student went first, and had an uneventful deployment and landing near the base of the tower. Now the rest of this is speculation based on events from the other jumper. The student believes that Stimson, while rigging his bridle and static line apparatus had his bridle wrapped around one of his lower extremities. upon exiting the bridle pulled tight un-yoyo'ing stimson and extraced his pins and pulled his canopy around the path of the bridle wrap. During this event this caused Stimson's canopy to wrap around his body as he fell to the base of the tower with a canopy wrap situation. There could be two possibilities, either the static line for some reason held and pulled the canopy to its fatal location, or the static line broke due to weight stress, and the pilot chute pulled the canopy around the body during freefall. This is the 5th static line related fatality. Check your rigging, and clear your bridle!

Allisyn 'Anne' Beisner-Martinez

BFL #152 Date: 2010 July 22
Base Fatality
Nationality: American Object Type: Earth Location: ITALY, , Brento COD: Wall Strike/ Normal clothes Description: Allisyn performed a 2 way tracking jump making a 10 sec delay, she had a 180 on opening and hit the wall, eventually hanging up on lower part of the talus. Nobody saw the actual strike but this information was taken from her helmet camera.

Anton Knestyapin

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Herbert Weissmann

Clément Borrel

William Heidebrecht

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Kylie 'Buffy' Tanti

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Yngve Føsker Fjeldstad

Mike 'Mercyless' Marko

Gary 'Muppet' Harbird

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Lucas Oliver

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Max Moret

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Evgeny Chernatskiy

Mirko Schmidt

Michel Gaillardou

Bryan Hirn

Ted Rudd

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Rodolphe Climent

Dave 'Cable Dave' Karaffa

Jeremy Graczyk

Arne Aarset

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Olivier 'Keud' Labauve

Pete Certain

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Fabrice Rieu

>> BFL #175 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 9, 2011 Nationality: French Fabrice Rieu

Nico Müller

>> BFL #176 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 15 2011 Nationality: German Nico Müller

Valentina Rotar

>> BFL #177 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 16, 2011 Nationality: Slovenian Valentina Rotar

Rob Kelly

>> BFL #178 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 15, 2011 Nationality: American Rob Kelly

Antoine Montant

>> BFL #179 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 21, 2011 Nationality: French Antoine Montant

Holly Brittsan

>> BFL #180 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: November 15, 2011 Nationality: American Holly Brittsan

Alexander 'Shpank' Vtyurin

>> BFL #181 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 26, 2012 8:00AM Nationality: Russian Alexander 'Shpank' Vtyurin

Sergio de Oliveira Costa

Carlos de la Fuente

Markus Wyler

Jake Simkins

>> BFL #185 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 11, 2012 Nationality: British Jake Simkins

Hervé Le Gallou

Alan Malcolm McCandlish

Andre G Sementile

Jon Inge Hovda

>> BFL #189 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 23, 2012 Nationality: Norwegian Jon Inge Hovda

Shane Murphy

>> BFL #190 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 11, 2012 Nationality: American Shane Murphy

Marcus 'Stigo' Stiglitz

>> BFL #191 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 11, 2012 Nationality: Austrian Marcus Stiglitz

Hasse Ullaeus

Wioletta Roslan

>> BFL #193 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 9, 2012 Nationality: Polish Wioletta Roslan

George Allan Staite

>> BFL #194 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 10, 2012 Nationality: New Zealand George Allan Staite

Sean Bullington

>> BFL #195 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 6, 2012 Nationality: American Sean Bullington

Franck Agier

>> BFL #196 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 20, 2012 Nationality: French Franck Agier

Eiliv Ruud

>> BFL #197 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 4, 2012 Nationality: Norwegian Eiliv Ruud

Carl Guichon

>> BFL #198 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 26, 2012 Nationality: French Carl Guichon

Frank Hubbell

>> BFL #199 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 29, 2012 Nationality: America Frank Hubbell

Pierre Grazon

>> BFL #200 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 6, 2013 Nationality: French Pierre Grazon

Stel Moix

>> BFL #201 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 9, 2013 Nationality: Argentinian Stel Moix

Paul Kupsa

>> BFL #202 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: March 3, 2013 Nationality: Austrian Paul Kupsa.

Fernando Motta

>> BFL #203 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 28, 2013 Nationality: Brazilian Fernando Motta

Tron K Torsen

Maksim Malanchuck

Luke Chappell

>> BFL #206 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 21, 2013 Nationality: Australian Luke Chappell

David Thomasson

Paddy Frenchman

Jonas Svardal

>> BFL #209 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 21, 2013 Nationality: Norwegian Jonas Svardal

Steffen Strobel

Florian Pays

>> BFL #211 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 13, 2013 Nationality: French Florian Pays

Mikolaj Twin

>> BFL #212 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 16, 2013 Nationality: Polish Mikolaj Twin

Harold Perotte

Mario Richard

>> BFL #214 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 19, 2013 Nationality: Canadian Mario Richard

Alvaro Bulto

>> BFL #215 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 23, 2013 Nationality: Spanish Alvaro Bulto

Dan Johnsen

>> BFL #216 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 25, 2013 Nationality: Norwegian Dan Johnsen

Bernhard Szabados

>> BFL #217 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 6, 2013 Nationality: Austrian Bernhard Szabados

Trond Bjelde

>> BFL #218 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 8, 2013 Nationality: Norwegian Trond Bjelde

Jerad Garnett

>> BFL #219 detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 14, 2013 Nationality: American Jerad Garnett

Maxwell Bond

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 19, 2013 Nationality: American

Viktor Kovats

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 8, 2013 Nationality: Hungarian

Andreas Andy Pieper

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: November 7, 2013 Nationality: German

Daniel Moore

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: November 23, 2013 Nationality: American

Doctor David Stather

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 24, 2014 Nationality: Canadian

Ash Cosgriff

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 25, 2014 Nationality: Australian

Amber Bellows

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 8, 2014 Nationality: American

Sean (stan ley) Leary

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: March 13, 2014 Nationality:American

Kevin Morroun

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: March 21, 2014 Nationality:American

Ricki Wust

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: March 30, 2014 Nationality:Canadian

Pauli Lukas

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 24, 2014 Nationality: Swiss

Paul Royer

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 1, 2014 Nationality: French

Zachary Sommer

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 17, 2014 Nationality: American

Adam Rubin

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 1, 2014 Nationality: American

Julien Fourgeaud

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 6, 2014 Nationality: French

Arnaud Dumasdelage

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 6, 2014 Nationality: French

Maria Shipilova

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 11, 2014 Nationality: Russian

Abraham Cubo Lopez

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 16, 2014 Nationality: Spanish

Eric Plassard

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 17, 2014 Nationality: French

Shaun Otto

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 17, 2014 Nationality: Australian

Stephane Villelonge

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 27, 2014 Nationality: French

Jens Ekjord

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 31, 2014 Nationality: Norwegian

Alex Duncan

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 2, 2014 Nationality:Australian

Nikolay Vilekghanin

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 7, 2014 Nationality: Russian

Beau Weiher

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 13, 2014 Nationality: American

Gabriel Ruiz

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 14, 2014 Nationality: Mexican

Ramon Rojas

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 20, 2014 Nationality: Chilean

Sergey Mikhalchuk

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 23, 2014 Nationality: Russian

Donald Zarda

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 3, 2014 Nationality: American

Leonardo Piatti

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: December 8, 2014 Nationality: Italian

Joshua Sheppard

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 14, 2015 Nationality:American

Channing Armstrong

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 2, 2015 Nationality:American

Bryan Turner

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: March 9, 2015 Nationality:Canadian

Niccolo Lettich

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 4, 2015 Nationality:Italian

Jim Hickey

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 7, 2015 Nationality:American

Sebastian Müller

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 14, 2015 Nationality:German

Graham Hunt

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 16, 2015 Nationality:American

Dean Potter

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 16, 2015 Nationality:American

Alexey Alekseev

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 28, 2015 Nationality:Russian

Kedley Olivetti

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 4, 2015 Nationality:Brazilian

Gabriel Hubert

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 7, 2015 Nationality:Canadian

Jhonathan Florez

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 3, 2015 Nationality:Colombian

Jürg Liniger

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 4, 2015 Nationality:swiss

Damian Hrdlicka

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 10, 2015 Nationality:American

Avishai Schwartzberg

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 21, 2015 Nationality:Israel

Ian Flanders

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 21, 2015 Nationality:American

Fernando M. Goncalves

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 24, 2015 Nationality:Brazilian

Magnus Nypan

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 22, 2015 Nationality:Norwegian

Michele Giometti

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 27, 2015 Nationality:Italian

Dave Buchanan

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 9, 2015 Nationality:Canadian

Dennis Valdez

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 10, 2015 Nationality:American

Mehmet Susam

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 12, 2015 Nationality:Turkish

Johnny Strange

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:October 1, 2015 Nationality:American

Bertrand Pasquier

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:October 5, 2015 Nationality:French

Sébastien Coquillard

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:October 26, 2015 Nationality:French

Joel Frederick Harris

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:October 29, 2015 Nationality:Canadian

Philippe Jean

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:December 26, 2015 Nationality:French

Mathew Kenney

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:January 12, 2016 Nationality:American

Katie Connell

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:January 20, 2016 Nationality:American Katie Connell

Rami Kipa Kajala

>>Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:January 20, 2016 Nationality:Finnish Rami Kipa Kajala

Ulli Wambach

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:January 24, 2016 Nationality:German

Patrick Kerber

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:March 13, 2016 Nationality:Swiss

Brandon Jackson

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:March 31, 2016 Nationality:American

Stephane Thevenaz

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:April 4, 2016 Nationality:Swiss

Roy Kenneth Roland

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:April 20, 2016 Nationality:Norwegian

Kristin Czyz

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:May 13, 2016 Nationality:Canadian

Fernando Brito

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:June 5, 2016 Nationality:Brazilian

Dario (Banana) Zanon

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:June 8, 2016 Nationality:Italian

Christopher Labounty

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:June 23, 2016 Nationality:American

Michael Leming

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:June 25, 2016 Nationality:American

Gary (Jewbag) Kremer

>>Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:June 26, 2016 Nationality:American

John Van Horne (JVH)

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:June 29, 2016 Nationality:American

Nebojsa (Jimmy) Jandric

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:July 1, 2016 Nationality:Serbian

Tessa Heyl

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date:July 19, 2016 Nationality:Dutch

Cameron Minni

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 6, 2016 Nationality: Canadian

Gage Galle

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 7, 2016 Nationality: American

Dave Reader

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 7, 2016 Nationality: English

Katherine Donahue

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 11, 2016 Nationality: American

Olivier (Chap) Gonthier

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 11, 2016 Nationality: French

Severin Ott

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 13, 2016 Nationality: Swiss

Lee Jackson

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 13, 2016 Nationality: Aussie

Laurent Bes

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 13, 2016 Nationality: French

Uli Emanuele

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 17, 2016 Nationality:Italian

Brian m Bielinski

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 17, 2016 Nationality:American

Kirill Pitenov

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 20, 2016 Nationality: Belarus

Alexander Polli

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 22, 2016 Nationality: Norwegian

Vadim Iglaykin

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 25, 2016 Nationality: Ukrainian

Armin Schmieder

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 26, 2016 Nationality: Italian

Diogo Amarante

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 28, 2016 Nationality: Brazilian

Théophile Roulet

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 14, 2016 Nationality: French

Felipe Acoste

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 24, 2016 Nationality: Colombian

Sergey Avdeev

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 30, 2016 Nationality: Russian

Ratmir Nagimyanov

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: October 3, 2016 Nationality: Russian

Shawn Wilson

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: October 9, 2016 Nationality: Canadian

Medhi Habibi

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: November 18, 2016 Nationality: Iranian

Graham Dickinson

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 25, 2017 Nationality: Canadian

Walter Hilscher

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 18, 2017 Nationality: German

Nicola Galli

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 1, 2017 Nationality: Italian

Malcolm Rowley

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: April 22, 2017 Nationality: Irish

Richard Lidström

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 26, 2017 Nationality: Swedish

Seth Graham

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: May 30, 2017 Nationality: American

Thomas Leone

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 18, 2017 Nationality: French

Micah couch

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: June 28, 2017 Nationality: American

Siegfried Schenk

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 5, 2017 Nationality: Austrian

David Bugnion

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 6, 2017 Nationality: Swiss

Pius Mosimann

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 15, 2017 Nationality:Swiss

Luis Alonso

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 16, 2017 Nationality:Spanish

Alexey Shirokozhuhov

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: July 27, 2017 Nationality:Russian

Sylwia Justyna Debczak

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 16, 2017 Nationality:Polish

Ben Dummett

>>Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: August 28, 2017 Nationality:Australian

Evgeny Zhidkih

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: September 21, 2017 Nationality:Russian

Svetlana Fedonyuk

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: October 17, 2017 Nationality:Russian

Valery Rozov

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: November 11, 2017 Nationality:Russian

Kristian Tolas Trondsen

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 3, 2018 Nationality:Norwegian

Javier Contreras

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: January 9, 2018 Nationality:Venezuelan

Leroy Serge

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: February 20, 2018 Nationality:Russian

Eddie Cleveland

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: 4 March, 2018 Nationality:American

Nikolay Kovalev

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) << Date: 8 March, 2018 Nationality:Russian

Adam Gruenwald

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 1 April, 2018 Nationality: Austrian

Oscar Cacho

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 31 May, 2018 Nationality: Spanish

Jeremiah Delay Aka: Tigroux Salidoux

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 9 June, 2018 Nationality: French

Paula liljegren

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 16 June, 2018 Nationality: Swedish

Alexander Sonnenberg

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 20 June, 2018 Nationality: American

Osvaldo 'Ofl' Figueroa

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 21 June, 2018 Nationality: Puerto Rican

Rob Haggarty

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 24 June, 2018 Nationality: British

Bjørn Emil Gjøstøl

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 24 June, 2018 Nationality: Norwegian

Sylvain Duchene

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: 25 June, 2018 Nationality: French

Alessio Stipcevich

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 8 2018 Nationality: Italian

Adam Roots

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 25 2018 Nationality: English

Reginaldo Gomes Da Silva Junior

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 25 2018 Nationality: Brazillian

Michael Racicot (Treehouse Mike)

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 26 2018 Nationality: Canadian

Henrik Langli

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 28 2018 Nationality: Norwegian

Bartek kankowski

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 23 2018 Nationality: Polish

Mark Hart

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 26 2018 Nationality: English

Grégor Quenet

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 4, 2018 Nationality: Swiss

Josh Nicholls

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 12, 2018 Nationality: Australian

Lluis Rabot

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 13, 2018 Nationality: Spanish

Michael Janschek

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: September 27, 2018 Nationality: Austrian

Gwillym Hewetson

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: October 4, 2018 Nationality: American

Boris Ignatov

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: October 9, 2018 Nationality: Ukrainian

Rudolf Ioan Ivan Popescu

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: November 3, 2018 Nationality: Romanian

Dominik Loyen

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: November 19 , 2018 Nationality: German

Vincent Francois

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: December 12, 2018 Nationality: French

Bogdan Pogorelov

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: December 15, 2018 Nationality: Ukraine

Stew Berry

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: December 15, 2018 Nationality: American

Alexey Shabalkin

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: April 3, 2019 Nationality: Russian
Alexey Shabalkin

Kristoffer Østen

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: April 21, 2019 Nationality: Norwegian
Kristoffer Østen

Alex Halley

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: June 6, 2019 Nationality: Canadian
Alex Halley

Jean Andre Quemener

Markus Anhorn

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: June 8, 2019 Nationality:Swiss
Markus Anhorn

Krzysztof Rojek

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 18, 2019 Nationality:Polish
Krzysztof Rojek

Dani Kormos

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 20, 2019 Nationality:Hungarian
Dani Kormos

Zeke Wilson

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 27, 2019 Nationality:American
Zeke Wilson

Jon Malmberg

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: July 30, 2019 Nationality:American
Jon Malmberg

Ruben Carbonell Beneyto

Josefin Sando

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 15, 2019 Nationality:Swedish
Josefin Sando

Dylan Zheng

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: August 28, 2019 Nationality:Chinese
Dylan Zheng

Eric Hallan

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: Sept 3, 2019 Nationality:American
Eric Hallan

Brandon J Chance

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: Sept 9, 2019 Nationality:American
Brandon J Chance

Gerome Guala

>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: Sept 27, 2019 Nationality:French
Gerome Guala

Pierre Brosseau


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: Oct 8, 2019 Nationality:French
Pierre Brosseau
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Richard Marcos Gonzalez


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date:Oct 12, 2019 Nationality:Spanish
Richard Marcos Gonzalez

Atsutoshi Hanashima


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date:November 2, 2019 Nationality:Japanese
Atsutoshi Hanashima


Andrey Markelov


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: Dec 31, 2019 Nationality:Russian

Andrey Markelov


Luca Barbieri


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: Jan 2, 2020 Nationality:Italian

Luca Barbieri

Luc Bron


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: May 9, 2020Nationality: Swiss

Luc Bron

Jean Baert


>> Detailed listing (updates and pictures) <<Date: May 21, 2020Nationality: French

Jean Baert







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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Dwain Weston, Mark Sutton were NOT a BASE Fatality.



The List:
BASE Fatality List

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