Hungarian wingsuit flyer dies during China jump

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A wingsuit flier from Hungary has died following an accident during a jump into a gorge in central China.

Chinese media said the body of Victor Kovats was recovered Wednesday from the valley floor at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

The reports said Kovats apparently died from a head injury. His 700-meter (2,290-foot) jump Tuesday afternoon was part of preparations for the Second World Wingsuit Championship being held in the park from Oct. 11 to 13.

The accident’s cause wasn’t immediately known. The World Wingsuit League said on its website it was reviewing events leading up to Kovats’ death and would adopt appropriate changes in the future.

A wingsuit is an aerodynamic jumpsuit that allows the wearer to soar for long distances before opening a parachute.
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