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The reality is that Base Jumping is a very dangerous sport. Unfortunately jumpers lose their lives every year performing jumps due to a variety of problems and issues. These jumpers have to make split decisions that may be the difference between life and death. Blinc Magazine is a leader in documenting Base Jump fatalities, and has estimated that 5% of Base Jumpers will die, which makes it one of the most deadly sports in the world. The following is a table of the total base jumping deaths since 1991 and the malfunction type that caused the fatality.

Number Of Fatalities
Malfunction Type
33
Off Heading Cliff Strike
29
Wingsuit / (1) Of Those Is Wingsuit/Snow/Base
24
Delay Too Long (Mostly Ground Awareness Or Back Tracking, Pc Hesitation)
11
Skydive Gear Used
10
Unstable Exit
10
Bridle Hang Up
6
Cliff Strike In Freefall
6
Gear Setup Wrong
6
Windy Conditions
5
Drowning
3
Unknown
3
Pull Up Chord In Closing Loop
3
Proxy Flying
3
Fell
2
Break Chord Issues
2
No Base Experience
2
Emergency Low Pull
1
Total Malfunction
1
Canopy With Ice
1
Canopy Entanglement
1
Electrocution / Power Lines

Even the best and most experienced jumpers can experience malfunctions in their equipment and when travelling at speeds of 56 m/s towards solid ground. These malfunctions are the difference between life and death.

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