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    Tragic

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    adjective \ˈtra-jik\

    : causing strong feelings of sadness usually because someone has died in a way that seems very shocking, unfair, etc.
    If that's so, why describe this wingsuit flier's death as a tragedy? Is it shocking at all that someone jumped out of an airplane and fell to their death? I would think quite the opposite: If someone jumped out of an airplane and survived...now that would be shocking.
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    It looks like he was wearing a parachute. You have to wonder if there was some sort of equipment failure along the way.
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    It wasn't an airplane that he jumped from, it was a cliff he jumped off of. He died. What's NOT tragic about crashing, crushing your skull & passing away as a result? What was shocking was that this guy was a pro and fell to his death. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK2K13 View Post
    It wasn't an airplane that he jumped from, it was a cliff he jumped off of. He died. What's NOT tragic about crashing, crushing your skull & passing away as a result? What was shocking was that this guy was a pro and fell to his death. RIP
    Given his occupation...wasn't it just a matter of time?
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    I guess then that when a police officer or a firefighter dies on the line of duty it is not a tragic event...after all given their line of work what else could be expected?
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    100 meter cliff-
    Seems like the wingsuit would be superfluous on a 100 meter cliff
    since you would have to pull the ripcord almost immediately??
    Or maybe he was planning to glide well past that cliff bottom-to another cliff
    maybe the wind changed in some way-and he didn't get the distance he expected.

    Yeah 100 meter cliff-don't think even those guys would think a 100 meter drop would be enough

    Seems like a year or two ago another wing suited guy-HIT SOMETHING- misjudged an outcropping-hit it-died-I think he was a more famous wing suited

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    It's not tragic when it's not unexpected. It's unfortunate is all.

    Police officers or firefighters dying in the line of duty is tragic as while they place themselves in danger as part of their job, they attempt to limit the potential for injury or death. Wing jumpers who skirt as close as possible to the cliff edges are deliberately pushing to the edge of death.

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    With no ability to add to your energy state in order to climb over or manuever around obstacles, I'm not surprised. Mess around in a regime with no "out" and it is just a matter of time before human error catches up with you and gravity wins.
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    But was he wearing a helmet?
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    Not tragic at all....I'm certainly not shocked and fairness is a concept most people outgrow by 2nd grade.
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    Guy jumps out a plane and is found with his head smashed in at the base of cliff and they are looking into the cause of death? That is the tragedy here.

    I bet he landed safely at the top of the cliff, then a Chinese Yeti that was spooked by the "flying demon beast" bashed his skull in with a rock and then threw him over the cliff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    It looks like he was wearing a parachute. You have to wonder if there was some sort of equipment failure along the way.
    Yes. His choice of equipment failed to provide adequate directional control to avoid striking the earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Guy jumps out a plane and is found with his head smashed in at the base of cliff and they are looking into the cause of death? That is the tragedy here.
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    According to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,

    "There is an art, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
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    The quality of ones life should be measured in what you do with it, not length of time alive.

    It is in that light that I think he did exactly what he wanted, probably lived a perfect life to the very best of his ability, and if anything, the only tragedy is the people he left behind.
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    I also take issue with the common statement, "He died doing what he loved". No, he died crashing into a mountainside...unless that's what he truly loved.
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    It beats the crap out of dieing in some institution.
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    Reminded me of this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    It beats the crap out of dieing in some institution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
    100 meter cliff-
    Seems like the wingsuit would be superfluous on a 100 meter cliff
    since you would have to pull the ripcord almost immediately??
    Or maybe he was planning to glide well past that cliff bottom-to another cliff
    maybe the wind changed in some way-and he didn't get the distance he expected.

    Yeah 100 meter cliff-don't think even those guys would think a 100 meter drop would be enough


    Seems like a year or two ago another wing suited guy-HIT SOMETHING- misjudged an outcropping-hit it-died-I think he was a more famous wing suited
    Either a typo or not the whole story. When I have seen these guys, they fly for fairly long distances. I would think 100 meters is not worth his time.
    Could be he fell 100 meters to a ledge that he was planning on bypassing and flying further.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianmcg123 View Post
    But was he wearing a helmet?
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    Looks like he launched successfully and when he went into a turn may have rolled too far and shear effect took over... looks like he dropped like a stone after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    I would sign those papers for you.
    Good to know. I'll let you know when the time comes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Reminded me of this...
    I once found a dead kestrel in my yard, about 6 inches away from a concrete wall. It appeared that he had just flown straight into it. It was at the end of a long section between our house and the fence. My best guess was that it was in pursuit of another bird, one smaller and more agile, (hummingbird, mockingbird, pigeon?) and the smaller bird made a last minute flight correction and got up and over the gate next to the wall.

    The kestrel's feathers got scanned and became the basis of a web page for the local Wild Bird Center that did raptor rehabilitation.
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