Red Bull ‘flight change’ stunt ends with crash in Arizona

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A parachute jump “fly swap” stunt planned by Red Bull failed Sunday night after one of the two planes involved got out of control and crashed in Arizona. Both pilots were safe and no one was injured.

Red Bull said on its website that paratroopers Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington would steer their aircraft to 14,000 feet, then jump into the air at 140 miles per hour and try to change planes while diving towards the ground.

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Red Bull claimed that the two pilots, who are cousins, would “go down in history as the first pilots to take off in one plane and land in another.”

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SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 10, 2010: Red Bull Air Force paratroopers Luke Aikens, Jon Devore, Andy Farrington, and Miles Daisher prepare to set sail for downtown Seattle in June 10, 2010, in suit. Washington.  (Photo by Christian Pondella / Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 10, 2010: Red Bull Air Force paratroopers Luke Aikens, Jon Devore, Andy Farrington, and Miles Daisher prepare to set sail for downtown Seattle in June 10, 2010, in suit. Washington. (Photo by Christian Pondella / Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Pondella / Getty Images)

One of the pilots was able to get into the other plane and land successfully, but the other was not and had to parachute. However, the pilot came unharmed to the ground thanks to the parachute when the plane crashed.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had previously rejected a request from Red Bull to do the stunt, as reported by Fox 10 Phoenix. The agency wrote: “The FAA has considered the petition and finds that a waiver of section 91,105 (a) would not be in the public interest and could not find that the proposed operation would not adversely affect safety.”

The FAA is now investigating the accident.

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