FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (CBS/AP) — A Santa Cruz man has died while wingsuit flying among remote cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says it’s coming up with a plan to recover the body of 29-year-old Mathew Kenney.
Sheriff’s Lt. Bret Axlund says Kenney’s body is trapped in a crevice about 600 feet below where he jumped Tuesday in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. The Vermilion Cliffs rise as much as 3,000 feet.
Axlund says Kenney was among a group of experienced wingsuit fliers. He says Kenney hit a wall but investigators aren’t sure how that happened.
Wingsuit flying is among the most extreme forms of BASE jumping.
A friend of Kenney, Matt Frohlich, described him as a talented jumper who had traveled around the world. He says Kenney’s loss is a big hit to the community