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Police examine stuntman death video
Mark Sutton parachuted into the Olympic Stadium, dressed as James Bond, during the London 2012 opening ceremony
Police investigating the death of a British stuntman in a wingsuit accident in the Swiss Alps are studying video footage of the fatal jump.
Mark Sutton, who parachuted into the Olympic Stadium dressed as James Bond during the opening ceremony of London 2012, died after hitting a mountain ridge during the freefall from a helicopter near Mont Blanc, police believe.
Trey Cook, editor-in-chief of Epic TV, an "online extreme sports media service", said Sutton was part of a group of 20 of the world's top wingsuit pilots he had invited to the Alps to jump on film.
Speaking from Chamonix, the French resort where the group are staying, he said: "There were two pilots that jumped at the same time. The pilot who was with him (Sutton) had a camera on." He added that the moment of impact was not captured on film.
Wingsuits are special jumpsuits which increase the surface area of the body and act like a parachute wing, allowing users to glide through the air at high speeds before landing via parachute.
Police in the Swiss Valais canton confirmed that a 42-year-old British man had died after jumping with a friend from a helicopter while wearing a wingsuit above the Grandes Otanes area, close to the French border. In a statement they said the pair jumped from a height of 10,826ft.
It said: "They then flew, sticking close to the mountain side, with the intention of landing near the hamlet of Le Peuty, near Trient. During this flight, one of the men had a fatal fall. According to preliminary investigations, it appears that he fell after hitting a ridge."
The police said formal identification was under way and an investigation has been opened.
Mr Sutton is the first wingsuit pilot to die during a jump in the Valais region, mountain police said. The daredevil is thought to have been travelling at around 120mph when he hit the ridge.
Police said a "close" friend was with Mr Sutton, who reportedly travelled to Chamonix a few days ago with his partner Victoria Homewood, 39. Repatriation of his body is expected to take a few days.