A New Zealand wingsuit pilot has died after crashing into
a field following a jump from a helicopter over Switzerland's
Dan Vicary, 33, died alongside fellow wingsuit pilot Ludovic
Woerth from France on Saturday. A third man was seriously
Alongside his wingsuit pursuits Mr Vicary, from Invercargill,
was also a professional base jumper and skydiver. He lived in
Switzerland with his wife Lisa Hutchins. The couple had
recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary.
Mr Vicary had completed more than 450 wingsuit flights, 6000
skydives and 750 base jumps.
He was well known in the adventure sport world and tributes
were being posted on his Facebook page from around the globe.
Jonathan Touchard said losing Mr Vicary was "truly
devastating and a big hit in the face". He said the
33-year-old had an "awesome and positive" personality.
Mark Williams said the 33-year-old was "an inspiration to all
who push life's boundaries".
"People like him, that live his dream, should inspire the
world to be a better place to live," said Dani Lo.
Mr Vicary visited New Zealand earlier this month, spending
time in the South Island filming wingsuit flights.
He enjoyed his time here, writing about the trip on his
"New Zealand was incredible - as always I was blown away by
beautiful, untouched scenery out there in the Southern Alps,"