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Oct 7, 2008

[SUP][SUB]Tragic: Mr Sutton crashed into a ridge and is understood to have been killed straight away[/SUB][/SUP]

The daredevil who parachuted into 2012 London Olympics dressed as James Bond was travelling at 124mph when he hit mountain ridge and died, it was revealed today.

Mark Sutton, 42, was killed yesterday after the crash in the Swiss Alps follow his jump from a helicopter in a wing-diving suit.

The former army officer is thought to have died instantly in the accident near Martigny, close to the Switzerland-France border.

Mr Sutton jumped with a friend from a height of 10,826ft (3,300m) at around 11am yesterday.
The pair had planned to land in a field close to the hamlet of Le Peuty, near Trient.

Jean-Marie Bornet, of the Valais police service, said his injuries were so severe that experts were forced to identify his body with a DNA test.

'We do not know what caused his death but we know it was immediate,' he added.

'The weather was good but when a pilot takes part in this sport, the aim is to fly very close to the ground or mountain side.

'If you do this at speeds of 200 kmh, the margin for error is very small.'

Investigators will consider whether thermal winds may have had an impact on his trajectory, leading to the crash.

'One hypothesis is that he was too close to the mountain,' Mr Bornet added.

Police said a 'close' friend was with Mr Sutton, who reportedly travelled to Chamonix a few days ago with his partner Victoria Homewood, 39.

Trey Cook, editor-in-chief of Epic TV, an 'online extreme sports media service', said Mr Sutton was part of a group of 20 of the world's top wing-suit pilots he had invited to the Alps to jump on film.