Wingsuit flyer from Utah killed in crash in Switzerland

(Photo courtesy Wall family) David Wall wears a wingsuit in this 2016 photo. Wall died in a crash Sept. 10, 2020, in Switzerland. He was 34.

David Wall, a skydiver and thrill-seeker from Utah, died Sept. 10 when he crashed on a wingsuit flight in Switzerland.

Wall was 34 years old. The crash happened in the Churfirsten mountain range in northeast Switzerland, according to the Agence France-Presse. The news agency cited a statement from police in St. Gallen as saying the wingsuit pilot jumped from the highest spot in a group of peaks — an elevation of 7,566 feet.

Local authorities said the cause of the crash was under investigation and did not disclose Wall’s name.

Wall’s family members confirmed his identity on social media and in messages with The Salt Lake Tribune. According to information provided by the family, Wall lived in Europe the last few years. Besides wingsuit flying and skydiving, Wall raced cars and motorcycles and was a big air snowboarder.

The siblings grew up in the Salt Lake Valley in a household that worshipped in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The family said he left the home at age 16; he worked in Canada for a time, then completed Jobs Corp training in Utah.

He went on to co-own direct sales companies. Along the way, David Wall developed an appetite for adventure sports, including those that put him in the sky.

Wall is survived by 12 siblings. A brother, Todd Wall, died in 2015.

The family has scheduled a celebration of life to begin with a gathering 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Maxwell Park in Hildale. A celebration will follow at 5 p.m. and an after party at 7 p.m.

Another one: (Photo courtesy Wall family) David Wall, who died in a wingsuit crash Sept. 10 in Switzerland.

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