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Four Men Arraigned for BASE Jump from WTC Captured on Helmet Cam: VIDEO


Four men turned themselves in to police on Monday for a September 30 night jump from 1 World Trade Center, which they captured on helmet cam and posted to YouTube.

The NY Daily News reports:

The Daily News reported exclusively in its Monday editions the identities of the men who parachuted off the tower on Sept. 30, an act that initially sparked fears of terrorism at the nation’s tallest building.

James Brady, 32, Andrew Rossig, 33, Marco Markovich, 27, and the lookout, Kyle Hartwell, 29, were charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure, cops said.

They were arraigned Monday night and released on $3,500 bail.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross called their actions “utter recklessness” conducted in an “organized fashion.”

The skydivers say that if the video becomes popular on YouTube and pulls in some money, they will donate the proceeds to a charity for families of 9/11 victims, Rossig’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told The News. “This was never intended to be a publicity stunt,” Parlatore added. “However, since the police department has turned it into something of a spectacle, the defendants are hoping the video can be used for some good.”

Watch the astonishing video, AFTER THE JUMP...

The incident has turned the spotlight on lax security at 1 World Trade Center, just days after a teen was arrested after crawling through a broken fence, bypassing an "inattentive" guard on Sunday and climbing to the top of the tower.

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Skydiving Plane Collision Footage is Riveting: VIDEO


You may have read about the accident over the weekend in which two planes filled with skydivers collided in a fiery accident over Wisconsin.

Like most things these days, it was being recorded on video. NBC News obtained the heart-stopping video of the crash and the skydivers' return to Earth. No doubt they are counting their blessings today.


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Red Bull Releases Full POV Clip of Felix Baumgartner's Record-Breaking Space Jump: VIDEO


To promote a new documentary on Felix Baumgartner's record-setting edge-of-space skydiving jump that broke the speed of sound one year ago, Red Bull has released a full video of his jump captured from multiple angles.

Relive the big plunge, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Skydiving into Burning Man: PHOTO


Now that's what I call making an entrance.

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Check Out the World's Largest Gay Formation Skydive: VIDEO


The daredevils at Rainbow Skydive, an LGBT skydiving event, contacted us with a video which shows what they claim to be the world's largest gay formation skydive.

Writes the group:

On Labor Day, 15 gay skydivers from all over the world participated in the world's largest gay formation skydive above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. The jump coincided with the Rainbow Boogie, an annual event that brings GLBT skydivers and allies together to celebrate the community's inclusion within the sport. While the remnants of Hurricane Isaac interrupted the weekend with some undesirable weather, the group gathered Monday morning to build an impressive looking formation in the sky — by far the largest for several of the newer members.

Rainbow Skydivers first became organized in 2006, and currently has over 300 members from numerous countries. While many are licensed skydivers, the group also encourages and helps prospective daredevils to make their first tandem jump and experience the thrill of freefall.

Check out video of the record-breaking formation, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Skydiver Films Entangled Plummet to Earth, Lives to Talk About It: VIDEO


A skydiver posted the story and film of the harrowing accident in which he became entangled in his partner's canopy and plummeted to a cornfield, breaking his pelvis, back and neck, and undergoing instant paralysis.

The entire episode is on video, including the arrival of paramedics. He is now a quadriplegic.

He writes, on YouTube: "It's taken me four and a half years to be able to watch this video."

Watch the riveting and frightenng clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Over the weekend, he posted it to Reddit, where he is answering questions about it.

I glanced at the ground a couple of times. The last time I was not far above tree-top level and my thought was, "I hope this doesn't hurt," (hoping for and expecting death).

The impact felt like touching and electric fence then suddenly painless. I lay there motionless watching the clouds. I didn't even try to move, afraid to provoke the wrath of whatever injuries I had sustained. When Razz appeared, he had a smile from ear to ear. This brought me peace until breathing became difficult. I started to feel panic as I suffocated. When I felt my eyelids flutter I knew I was going to be spared that feeling, hence, "this isn't so bad."

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