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Thats Butch Laswell, he died on that jump.

Not surprising...thats about as bad as it gets....

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The wind is the reason he missed that jump, look at that flag, I would bet a promoter played a big part in him doing the jump when he did. I bet the wind is 25-30mph.

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from cyclejumpers.com:

It was now 1996 and time for something very special. Butch had 5,000 successful jumps under his belt. By successful, I mean - he had NEVER crashed while jumping! Unbelievable, I know - but true. He was very careful, very precise; everything carefully planned, studied and calculated. After a year of preparation, it was time to call Guinness Book of World Records to town, contact two movie production companies and the media to announce that history would be made and documented on March 10, 1996 in Mesquite, Nevada.

It was a stunt that would launch Butch into the movie business and a celebration of the "Grand Opening" of The Oasis Casino! Butch would jump the Skywalk Bridge, which crossed above the street that separated the parking garage from the casino. He would officially set the World's Record for height. Now, in front of 10,000 spectators, the Guinness World Record officials and all kinds of movie and media personnel, Butch had a problem he could not control - the weather. The wind was gusting and unpredictable this day. Butch stalled for quite some time, performing extra "wheelie" demonstrations, waiting and praying. He had canceled shows in the past due to wind, but after such intense planning to gather everyone together; he decided to proceed with the jump.

He accelerated his bike to 70 mph, hit the ramp and was launched 55 feet high - into the heavens it seemed. Then, while in the air, a crosswind caught and pushed him from the side. He was now able to see over the walkway to his landing ramp on the other side - the wind had moved him several feet away from his ramp and there was no way to get back. Butch's landing ramp was now the pavement, a crash landing, witnessed by our nation as they watched the nightly news. His first crash was his last - his life was lost at the age of 37. Butch was laid to rest at the Paradise Memorial Gardens in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his mom and dad, his sister Marilynn and his three brothers, Greg, Nathan, and Steve. He left behind no children.

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with all due respect that landing ramp should have been a lot wider.

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I remember when that happened. Very Tragic Indeed.

I don't need to see it again. Thanks anyway

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Thats pretty tragic incedent :thumbsup: ! But i agree with people below that landing ramp whould have been 2x its size or maybe even 3!!! And also if he wasnt sure , he shoul have just cancelled the jump!! Your life is more important than 10,000 people opinions!!!

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Yeah, I remember that... Terrible accident. He had done many incredible jumps of that caliber before without incident. He was a great rider and well known for what he did.

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Thats pretty tragic incedent :ride: ! But i agree with people below that landing ramp whould have been 2x its size or maybe even 3!!! And also if he wasnt sure , he shoul have just cancelled the jump!! Your life is more important than 10,000 people opinions!!!

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i agree ur life is so much more importamnt than pressure and its worse to read what happend then to see the video :thumbsup:

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