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WATCH: GoPro Camera Survives Dizzying 10,000 Foot Sky Dive Drop

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In September, a man hunting for fungi in a field in Gringelstad, Sweden came across a GoPro camera lying in a field; upon turning it on, he discovered dizzying video that the camera captured of itself falling 10,000 feet after it was kicked off the helmet of its owner by a fellow skydiver during mid descent reports Mashable. The camera survived the fall, leaving the memory card completely intact.

After watching the video, the man turned over the video to his son, journalist Kristoffer Orstadius with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, who posted the video to YouTube asking for the owner of the camera to come forward. A day after it was posted, Tobias Persson of Everod, Sweden claimed the camera belonged to him; Persson claimed the memory card, but he let Orstadius keep the camera.

Watch the camera footage as it plummets 10,000 feet, creating trippy, dizzying footage in the process, AFTER THE JUMP

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Tandem Skydivers Nearly Bisected By Their Own Pilot: VIDEO

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Another one for the "NOPE" files...

While taking a student for a dive, tandem master Forest Pullman wound up with the highly unpleasant experience of nearly getting clobbered by the very plane he and his student just jumped out of. How nearly? The plane's wing clipped the divers' drogue and bridle - the small pilot-chute that trails behind the diver and the line that connects the drogue to the diver, respectively.

Thanks to our general GoPro/selfie culture, Pullman caught the entire thing on film, which you can watch while seated firmly in your terrestrial desk chair AFTER THE JUMP...

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iPhone 6 Proves Its Merit, Survives Death-Defying Plunge From 7,000 Feet: VIDEO


YouTube user RatedRR recently decided he wanted to test the strength of Apple's latest product, the iPhone 6 Plus. Why not go to extremes then? After jumping from a plane in a wingsuit, RatedRR simply lets the phone 7,000 feet! Using the Find My iPhone app, and an attached GPS, RatedRR tracks down the device and, according to Sploid... survived! The phone's screen was cracked but it was still in working order. Find My iPhone pinged RatedRR to the location and the iPhone lodged itself into the ground in a miniature crater. I guess this video proves that iPhones survive drops from 7 inches off the ground to 7,000 feet in the air all the same: a cracked screen.

Incredible. Don't try this at home.

Watch the iPhone plunge, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Red Bull Wingsuit Fliers Soar Over the NYC Skyline: VIDEO


Like a flock of caffeinated sugar gliders, the 5-man team of the Red Bull Air Force took to the skies of New York City in custom wingsuits, gliding over the city skyscape at speeds of up to 120mph before landing safely on a barge in the bay.

The skydive was organized ahead of the Bethpage Air Show on Long Island over MEmorial Day Weekend, Red Bull reports:

Ascending to 2,500 metres above the city via aircraft, the elite skydive team deplaned near the southern tip of Manhattan. Aided by their wingsuits, the flyers were able to propel to 190km/h during freefall, passing by defining buildings of the Financial District, before heading uptown where they deployed their parachutes – landing safely on a barge floating on the Hudson River.

“We got only one shot at this,” said Jeff Provenzano, who completed the monumental jump with fellow Red Bull Air Force members (and New York natives) Sean MacCormac and Amy Chmelecki, alongside team manager Jon Devore and videographer Andy Harrington, who also jumped.

“The FAA air space restrictions were a big challenge,” said Devore, referring to the three major airports surrounding the proposed jump zone, and the limitations imposed after 9/11. But the team obtained the appropriate permits.

“I always believed it would happen,” said Provenzano prior to the jump. “It was just a question of when.”

You can live vicariously through the daredevils courtesy of footage shot by their head-mounted cameras AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch Two Daredevils' Jaw-Dropping BASE Jump from World’s Tallest Building: VIDEO

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Skydivers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen set a new Guinness World Record this week when the two adrenaline junkies jumped off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building in the world.

The building stands 2,700 feet tall, nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. My blood pressure went up a bit just watching this video. Absolutely stunning.

Check it out, AFTER THE (BASE) JUMP

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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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