Aikins made history Saturday when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead.
Aikins made history Saturday when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead. Mondelez International via AP

Skydiver first to safely land without parachute or wingsuit

AMERICAN skydiver Luke Aikins has become the first person to land safely on the ground in a net without wearing a parachute or wingsuit.

It took the 42-year-old about two minutes to plummet into the 30m x 30m net after jumping out of a plane at an altitude of 7600m.

Mr Aikins said he considered pulling out after the Screen Actors Guild ordered him to wear a parachute to ensure his safety.

Although worried that would make impact far more dangerous, he decided to proceed, but was told minutes before the jump the parachute requirement had been dropped.

After a two-minute freefall, Aikins landed in the 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch.
After a two-minute freefall, Aikins landed in the 100-by-100-foot net at the Big Sky movie ranch. Mondelez International via AP

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