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Wingsuit diver dead after tragic leap in China

Wingsuit diver dead after tragic leap in China
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Hungarian wingsuit skydiver Victor Kovats has died.

The extreme sports enthusiast was preparing for the upcoming World Wingsuit Championships in Hunan province in China at the time of his death. The 40-year-old, a veteran of 700 wingsuit dives, jumped from the 700-meter-high cliff and was expected to touchdown on the landing platform below.

Tragically Kovats appeared to lose control as he approached the landing spot and his parachute failed to open.

Organisers say his death was either caused by equipment failure or gusting winds.

The World Wingsuit League expressed its condolences and said it would investigate his death and make any appropriate changes to improve safety, but stopped short of canceling the event.