Beijing • A Hungarian wingsuit flier died following an accident during a jump into a gorge in central China, reports said Wednesday.
The body of Victor Kovats was recovered Wednesday from the steep, forested valley floor at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in Hunan province, state broadcaster CCTV said. It said more than 200 rescuers had searched for Kovats through the night in treacherous conditions.
A wingsuit is an aerodynamic jumpsuit that allows the wearer to soar for long distances before opening a parachute.
The reports said the highly experienced Kovats apparently died from a head injury after crashing into a cliff side. 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.