James Bond-style base jumpers leap off mountain into plane

The French duo spent several months training for the stunt

A pair of French wingsuit flyers successfully landed in a plane in mid-air.

Vincent Reffet made it through the 5ft opening first time, but Fred Fugen missed the target, bounced off the plane like a sack of potatoes and had to parachute to the ground - luckily without injury. The duo BASE jumped from Jungfrau Mountain, one of the highest in the Swiss Alps at about 13,000 feet, and flew in formation with a Pilatus Porter down the steep mountainside before flying through its side cargo door.

They did it in honour of wingsuit flyer Patrick de Gayardon, who was the first to perform a similar stunt.

Frederic Fugen and Vincent Reffet
James Bond-style base jumpers leap off mountain into plane

Fugen and Reffet both wore head cams to capture the heart-stopping stunt on video while they maintained contact with the pilot using a push-talk system.

"You need to have skills, focus and there's also a lot of work", the pair said in a statement released by Red Bull.

"The biggest risk was when we base jumped from the cliff". That's why we wanted to train so much before going to the mountain. "It was very emotional for us because we worked hard to make it happen". The smallest miscalculation and they hit the plane, which could result in any number of terrible things - but the pair nails it.


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