In two seperate incidents this weekend two individual parapenters have paid the highest price for their hobby. On Saturday a French priest from Lyon took off from the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) to fall to his death having supposedly badly attached the chute.
On Sunday a British soldier, 47, took off from Plan Praz, a popular take-off area. As he headed towards the Brévent (2525m) over the Couloir de l'Ensa strong winds caused his chute to collapse, sending him falling to his death several hundred metres below.
Parapenters unfamiliar with the region are advised to seek information from local sources before undertaking solo flights.