Tragic Death at Wingsuit Gathering in Swiss Alps
14 August 2013 (Martigny, Switzerland) - Mark Sutton, 41, has died in a wingsuit accident near Martigny, Switzerland in the Valais canton near the French border.
Mr. Sutton was one of 20 of the world’s top wingsuit pilots who had been invited to a non-competitive gathering of wingsuit pilots who are filmed as they jump from helicopters.
The accident occurred on the first day of the three-day event after several successful jumps had already been made.
Rescue services arrived quickly and determined that Mr. Sutton had immediately died upon impact.
Mr. Sutton was a highly accomplished wingsuit pilot and served as Gary Connery’s cameraman when Connery made the first-ever wingsuit landing without a parachute in May 2012.
Mr. Sutton also performed as a skydiver in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Mark Sutton’s death is a tragic loss for the global wingsuit community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.
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