German adventurer dies in Swiss wingsuit flight from helicopter

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ZURICH (Reuters) - A German adventurer died in a crash after taking off from a helicopter wearing a wingsuit, Swiss police said on Thursday.

The 33-year-old BASE jumper was one of three who leapt from the helicopter around midday on Wednesday near Walenstadt in St Gallen canton. Only two made it safely to the ground.

A search by helicopter discovered the body of the man, who was declared dead at the scene, police said. They did not name him.

BASE jumping typically entails leaping from a fixed point like a bridge, building or cliff using a parachute or wearing special flying apparel called a wingsuit, which is supposed to allow a jumper to glide to the ground.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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