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BASE Jumper Dies Near Grand Canyon

Parachute failed

Norwegian BASE jumper Eliliv Ruud died near the Grand Canyon on Tuesday when his parachute failed to open after he struck a cliff face and spiraled out of control. The accident took place at Salt Trail Canyon in northern Arizona. According to a spokesman from the sheriff’s office, Ruud, 37, was about 500 feet down when a gust of wind blew him against the canyon wall. Ruud struck a cliff and spiraled down the rest of the way. Rescue crews were flown in but had to hike to the scene of the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ruud was an experienced BASE jumper and had previously jumped in that area of the canyon. This video features him jumping with friends in Europe:

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