Two French daredevils have shown off some jaw-dropping base jumping skills after leaping off a cliff and landing right into a flying plane.
In a tribute to base-jumper Patrick de Gayardon who jumped off a plane and got back into it in 1977, wingsuit flyer Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, who call themselves "Soul flyers", started to train for a grand leap from one of Europe's highest peaks – the Jungfrau Mountain in Switzerland's Bernese Alps. The idea was to land into a flying plane.
After two months of training and a few broken ribs, the team managed to perform the stunt 20 times and was finally ready to make the jump from a whopping altitude of over 4,000m (13,642ft).
As you can see in the two-minute-long video posted by Red Bull, the sponsor of the stunt, the duo jumped off and then descended through the air to catch up with the flying Pilatus Porter light aircraft. The flyers were equipped with push-to-talk radios to communicate with the pilot while performing the stunt.
They completed the free fall by entering the cabin of the airborne craft using its side door, which was just a few metres away from the spinning propeller. "You need to have skills, focus and there's also a lot of work," the pair said in a statement after completing the well-coordinated jump.
"We had to make the plane safe so we don't hurt ourselves if we touch it. We also worked on the parachutes so they don't open too fast in case we touch the plane. But 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."