Stuntman Tim (Tip) Tipping, 34, plunged to his death after his parachute failed to open while re-enacting a sky-diving accident for TV cameras.Tipping was filming a sequence Feb. 5 for a series that reconstructs real-life dramas, the British Broadcasting Corp. said. Tipping, a former Royal Marine commando, had appeared in Indiana Jones and James Bond films and was the chairman of the Stuntmen’s Guild. He died trying to re-enact parachutist Terry Wakenshaw’s accident — one that Wakenshaw had survived. Wakenshaw was dragged along the fuselage of a plane last September after his parachute got caught in its wheels, causing injuries to his head, chest and an arm. Wakenshaw escaped by pulling an emergency cutaway handle, falling 500 feet and opening a reserve parachute. When Tipping jumped from the plane in the re-enactment, none of the three parachutes he was carrying opened, according to the BBC, which filmed his fatal fall. The footage was not broadcast. Tipping plunged into a patch of woods near Alnwick, 300 miles north of London. The accident is under investigation. Tipping had rehearsed the stunt twice, the BBC said.
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