Record-Holding Wingsuit Pilot Dies in Training

BASE jumpers and wingsuit pilot Jhonathan Florez died while training in Switzerland.
BASE jumpers and wingsuit pilot Jhonathan Florez died while training in Switzerland. Getty

Famed wingsuit pilot Jhonathan Florez died on July 3 while BASE jumping in Engelberg, Switzerland. Foreign news outlets have reported that an initial investigation has shown that Florez's parachute was never deployed. Florez was jumping in Switzerland as part of his training for an upcoming wingsuit competition in China.

The 32-year-old Medellin, Colombia, native, often referred to as the "Bird Man," holds four Guinness world records for a single 2012 jump, which collectively achieved the greatest horizontal distance flown in a wingsuit, the greatest absolute distance flown in a wingsuit, the highest ever wingsuit jump, and the longest duration wingsuit jump — an impressive 9:06.

Florez's death comes just weeks after famed wingsuit jumper Dean Potter perished on May 16 while jumping in Yosemite Valley; and on the heels of Canadian Gabriel Hubert's June 7 wingsuit death.