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.

Coyote Buttes a.k.a. The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona (Wikipedia)

Coyote Buttes a.k.a. The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona (Wikipedia)


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

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