BFL191 | 11.8.2012

Marcus 'Stigo' Stiglitz

from Austria

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  • Date & Time: 11.8.2012
  • Location: Kandersteg Classic, Kandersteg, Switzerland
  • Category: BASE Fatality
  • Object Type: Earth
  • Cause Of Death: Object strike under canopy
  • Clothing - Suit: Phantom 2Beginner Wingsuit by Phoenix-Fly
  • Canopy: Unknown
  • Container: Unknown
  • Packing & Setup: Slider Up BOC Vertical
  • Weather: Sunny, Winds light and variable
  • Possible Factors: Line twists, Proximity flying

What do we believe happened?

Marcus was flying a P2 on this jump, marcus flew a great line and after passing the last wall near the landing area he opened, within seconds he had a 180 with several line twists.. jumper is reportedly to be in line twists and canopy flying towards wall.. Jumper impacted wall multiple times which contributed to this fatality along with line twists..

Report(s) compiled from many first hand accounts (not edited):
Here the report of Marcus´s accident.

It was Marcus 336th Base jump, most of them Track jumps, about 30-40 WS jumps on a P2, which he also jumped this day.
I had problems with my ribs, so I brought him and the others to the cable-car and waited at the landing. Everything was normal this day, except that Marcus was thinking during the whole hike and also the evening before about flying proximity to the ledge or not.

He was not sure about doing it or not. It was his first jump at Kandersteg. He exited second, had a good exit and was flying a straight 30° left line (report from the jumper behind him).
He flew over the ledge and had no problems till this point. I could not see his flight till he passed the ledge. When I heard the opening, which was very loud, I looked up and saw him under canopy about 30m after and 30m under the ledge. He had multiple line twists and opened 160° right. He opened his right Zipper and his left one to the half, then he impacted first time very hard. The wall was not straight down, so he impacted several times till it ended up in a 150m free-fall with collapsed canopy. He had no chance.

Why he opened at this point is difficult to say, but:
It was his first time going proximity, his first jump at this cliff, he has not seen the landing and the ledge/jump from the landing area at, he was thinking about doing it or not. In our opinion, all this decisions together resulted in pulling at this point (panic, stress or whatever).
The question is if it´s worth to die for a nice video.....

Memorial thread:

Incident Thread



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