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Death Jump off the Eiffel Tower: Paris, France (1912) | British Pathé

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Published on 25 Nov 2021 / In History

⁣This distressing footage depicts a gentleman, Franz Reichelt, attempting to jump off of the Eiffel Tower with a custom made parachute in 1912 to his ultimate demise


⁣Paris, France.

Franz Reichelt wearing the parachute that he designed and invented before ascending the Eiffel Tower.

Reichelt standing on platform high up on the tower preparing to jump he hovers on the brink for some time and then eventually jumps falling straight down to his death.

Police and small crowd around the body of Reichelt as it is carried away, they then measure the depth of the hole made by his fall.

The film has French intertitles.

Cataloguer's Note: Old record suggests this event happened 4th February 1912.

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Source: ⁣https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6YGLpzN7bE

More: ⁣https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/....Franz_Reichelt#Exper

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