Dramatic moment skydivers set fire to their parachute canopies during jump
Two skydivers dramatically set fire to their parachute canopies as they plummeted towards earth at 120 mph.
Alex Aimard and his pal Petter Jonsson leapt from a plane over Eloy, Arizona, USA, during the daring stunt.
Armed with a petrol doused parachute, the pair pulled out flare guns during their descent – and set fire to their canopies.
Petter, 38, from Sweden, who filmed the risky stunt on a GoPro attached to his body, said: “I was so focused on my task that I didn’t have time to be scared or think about what could have gone wrong.”
His friend Alex, 33, from France, added: “Petter jumped first so when I exited the plane I saw something that I will never forget – a big cloud of smoke made by the explosion of his chute.
“It was like being part of a Rambo movie but for real.”
The pair – both experienced professional skydivers and BASE jumpers – had meticulously planned the dangerous stunt, which took place in January, 2015.
They had been taking part in a two week online project called LTD (Living The Dream), produced by Satori Factory, where a group of pros travelled Utah and Arizona performing skydives.
The potentially deadly fire setting stunt happened on the last day of the trip.
Alex and Petter prepared by dousing their parachutes in petrol.
Then armed with a flare gun and just one single emergency parachute, they leapt from the plane high above the desert.
Pulling the flare guns out, they fired directly at the kerosene soaked canopies – instantly igniting them.
With just seconds to react and release the now flaming parachutes before the fire travelled down cords to their bodies, the pair freed themselves.
Now plummeting to earth at around 120mph in free fall, they can be seen calmly releasing their remaining emergency parachutes – and gliding safely to the ground.
Alex said of the jump: “We struggled with the weather conditions and the project was on hold for a few days due to a strong wind, which gave us plenty of time for preparation.
“When the wind finally slowed down, everything happened in a couple of hours.
“Skydiving itself is not without danger and flying in a plane with two big buckets full of gas and two flare guns doesn’t decrease the risk.
“You can imagine a lot of things going wrong but with fine tuned preparation there was no room for doubt or uncontrolled fear.
“We had lots of guidance from Steve Curtis. Steve is what I would call an absolute legend, his experience was the key to executer the stunt in a safe and successful way.”
The stunt received lot sod positive feedback from fellow professionals, but there was some online criticism.
Alex explained: “Globally the response was very positive, but we got a couple of messages complaining about the pollution and how immature it was to do that.
“And I kind of agree, I guess this is why it was so much fun.”