An Australian base jumper killed in Norway struggles to open his parachute as he leapt off a spectacular cliff, witnesses say.
Killed instantly in Tuesday's accident, he was the ninth person to die while jumping off the 1,000 metre high
He is the third Australian killed in BASE jumping accidents in less than a year.
An experienced BASE jumper aged in his 30s, he had lived in
His name has not been released.
"Witnesses have told me that he had problems getting hold of the lever that opens the parachute," Vibeke Knutson, vice president of the Stavanger BASE Klubb, told
"When he finally did, it was too late."
Solve Tanke Hovden, of the state rescue service, said the Australian "landed out of control" on a pile of stones and died immediately.
Ms Knutson said the man was an experienced BASE jumper who had logged "around 550" jumps.
Witnesses to Tuesday's accident were offered crisis counselling, but jumping would continue, she said.
The area around the Lysefjord, just east of
Ms Knutson said BASE jumpers wanting to throw themselves off Kjerag must show that they had parachuted out of planes at least 250 times. Novices planning the jump were first required to take a course in jumping, she said.
Last October Australian Roland Simpson was fatally injured while BASE jumping off a skyscraper in
BASE is an acronym for the buildings, antennae, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs) from which enthusiasts parachute.
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