Amateur stuntman sets self on fire and leaps off building into snow – and survives
An amateur stuntman hurled himself off a nine-story building while on fire – and survived.
Alexander Chernikov, 23, from Barnaul in Altai Krai, Siberia, used nothing but a snowdrift – which he had spent four hours building – to break his fall.
The wannabe stuntman filmed the dramatic moment using a GoPro, which captured his arrest by authorities immediately after the dangerous jump.
Alexander, who had previously leapt from a five-story building, said: “‘I was planning to jump a little bit differently but, as usual, at the crucial moment obstacles arose.
“I was nervous and in a hurry, as the police were looking for me everywhere.
“I was afraid that they would prevent me making my ‘burning flight’. So I immediately got on the edge, set myself on fire to be more resolute and epic, took aim at the pile of snow and flew.
“I declare to the world that human possibilities are endless. We just need to be able to open them in ourselves.
“I had 100 per cent confidence in myself. My mental attitude and my strong and powerful body saved me from death.’
Alexander described the impact as ‘like being hit by a train’ – but was declared injury free after being whisked to hospital for a check over.
Footage shows Alexander as he stands on the snowy rooftop of the residential building in Novoaltaysk, watched by a group of people on the ground.
Grabbing a flaming stick, he sets his baggy trousers alight, before readying himself to jump.
Performing a summersault in the air, he lands on his back with a giant thud – and can instantly be heard groaning in pain.
As shocked onlookers rush to help dig him out, Alexander is hauled to his feet by a police officer, with the crowd breaking out into applause.
And despite local authorities suggesting he is likely to face charges, defiant Alexander said he was satisfied with his stunt.
He said: “I do not remember the flight itself. I only remember a terrible pain in my abdomen and chest – it seemed like I was hit by a truck.
“But five minutes later I came to my senses. I am pleased with myself and my jump. I did what I wanted, but do not copy me. This is very dangerous.”
Alexander was rushed to hospital to be checked over, where he was given the all clear.
Alexander added: “‘After the jump I was taken to hospital where the doctors were shocked. In the ambulance I was just shaking. I was very nervous and it was terribly cold. My blood pressure jumped to 180 and 120, I smelled gasoline, and I was in burnt clothes.
“But after the examination, it turned out that everything was in order and that all my bones, muscles, ligaments, internal organs were intact.”
Alexander, who harbours ambitions of becoming a professional stuntman, says his parents dislike his hobby, adding: “My parents love me, but do not like what I do.
“I did not tell them about the last jump from the nine-storey building, so as to not worry them. I’m the only child in my family.”