Wingsuits banned again in Chamonix after another death this week

After the death of another wingsuit pilot on Monday, the resort area of Chamonix in France has banned wingsuit flights until further notice. According to Chamonet, the Russian man’s parachute failed to open and he flew into a brand new, three-story chalet.

RELATED: BASE jumping and wingsuit pioneer Alexander Polli dies in wingsuit accident

This is the fifth wingsuit death in Chamonix just this year, and according to The Telegraph, the 35th wingsuit death in the world in 2016.

In The Telegraph story, Chamonix deputy mayor Jean-Louis Verdier said, “We are thinking about how to avoid this kind of accident going forward. What worries us is putting others's lives in danger.”

Chamonix had banned wingsuit flights back in 2012. It was allowed again in 2013 with the condition that fliers inform high mountain rescue services of their jumps. They were still banned from June to September during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., as to avoid collisions with paragliders.

But now, there is no foreseeable future in Chamonix for wingsuits. Certainly it is such a new sport that more and more people want to try each day, that regulations and precautions need to be put in place before we can fully grasp what is going on. Even world-renowned wingsuit pilots like Alexander Polli lose their lives doing it, which happened earlier this summer in Chamonix.

It is clear that Chamonix does not want to be known for this, and they have taken the necessary steps to make sure these deaths don’t keep happening on their watch.

The view from a wingsuit flight above Chamonix.
The view from a wingsuit flight above Chamonix.

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