Pilot error, mechanical failure behind New Zealand skydiving crash

Pilot error or mechanical failure were the most likely causes of a 2010 plane crash in New Zealand in which nine people died, a coroner found yesterday. The Fletcher FU24 crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off on September 4, 2010, near the Fox Glacier on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, in the nation's worst air accident since 1993.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 3:31am

Felix Baumgartner, the man who fell to earth

Felix Baumgartner jumped from 39,055 metres and hit a speed of 1,343 km/h. Photos: AFP/ Nemeth, EPA/Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Stratos, Reuters

"Fearless Felix" Baumgartner, the Austrian daredevil who stunned fans around the world by breaking the sound barrier in a hair-raising free fall from the fringe of space, was "born to fly".

That's according to a tattoo on the 43-year-old adventurer, a motto that took on a whole new meaning after his nail-biting feat on Sunday - the fastest, highest free fall ever.

16 Oct 2012 - 1:54pm

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier

Felix Baumgartner with technical project director Art Thompson after the jump. Photo: AFP

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking leap from the edge of space, landing safely in the New Mexico desert after freefalling from more than 39 kilometres above the earth. The 43-year-old floated down to earth on a red and white parachute canopy, which he had opened after reaching speeds of 1,342km/h in freefall.

15 Oct 2012 - 2:05pm

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner cancels try at supersonic jump

Felix Baumgartner's attempt to make an unprecedented leap from the edge of space was aborted. Photo: AFP

Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile (37 kilometer) free fall on Tuesday into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:50am