A base jumper leaps from the 380m-high Kuala Lumpur Tower

Published:  01:59 Thursday - December 02, 2010 More than 120 Base jumpers hurled themselves off one of the world’s tallest buildings on Thursday in an annual event that’s not for the faint of heart.

The Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump saw skydivers from 22 countries leap off the KL Tower in the Malaysian capital in one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures on the Base jumping calendar.

 

Some 120 base jumpers from 22 countries took part in the annual KL Tower International Jump (EPA)


Despite these jumpers’ andrenaline rush, this year’s event was overshadowed by the death of 42-year-old Australian Kylie Tanti, who was killed last week while practising for the event.

During her third jump at the Alor Setar Tower, also in Malaysia, her parachute got tangled in a camera on her safety helmet and she fell 165m (550ft) to her death.

The KL Tower stands at 421m (1,380ft), the sixth tallest telecoms tower in the world.

 

Daniel Witchalls of London leaps before parachuting down from Kuala Lumpur Tower (Reuters)


‘Base’ jumping refers to the four objects jumped off – buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and Earth (mountains and cliffs).

In January, Nasr Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan leapt from the 828m (2,716ft) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.

Source: Metro
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