Skydiver becomes first man to jump 25,000ft from plane without parachute

Skydiver jumps from plane without a parachute
Skydiver jumps from plane without a parachute

A daredevil skydiver has made history to become the first man to jump from a plane at 25,000ft without a parachute.

Luke Aikins, 42, completed the jump in Simi Valley, California on Saturday, landing safely in a net.

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Reuters reports that he landed in a 100ft by 100ft net in a stunt broadcast by Fox.

"Aikins' leap represents the culmination of a 26-year career that will set a personal and world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wing suit," said his spokesman Justin Aclin.

The daredevil was wearing an oxygen mask because of the altitude and wore a green outfit as he jumped out of a propeller plane alongside three parachutists.

He later handed the mask to one of the other jumpers mid-air. They then opened their parachutes as Aikins fell to the net alone.

After a two-minute free-fall, Aikins flipped onto his back as he hit the net, which was suspended 200ft above ground.

"I'm almost levitating, it's incredible," Aikins told a reporter after the jump.

He hugged his wife Monica after being lowered from the net.