85-Foot Trapeze Fall; Watch Karo Christopher Kazungu Survive Nine Story Plunge [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 19, 2013 11:56 AM EDT

85-Foot Trapeze Fall
Still image from the video of a harrowing 85-foot trapeze fall. (Photo: YouTube)

An 85-foot trapeze fall caught on tape in March is going viral online today, as thousands of curious web surfers are watching the video of the harrowing nine-story plunge. The 85-foot trapeze fall took place at a circus in Moscow, and the Kenyan trapeze artist plunged through the safety net and hit the ground below. According to our sister site, the International Business Times, Karo Christopher Kazungu suffered a fractured vertebrae in the 85-foot trapeze fall but was conscious when he was taken to the hospital.

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Edgard Zapashny, director general of the Great Moscow State Circus, told Russian television that the German-made safety net had been rigorously tested before malfunctioning during the 85-foot trapeze fall. Zapashny told Russian television that the circus had never had any previous incidents of this kind. Kazungu was halfway through his routine when the accident happened and was supposed to bounce back up from the net.

Kazungu hit the floor traveling 250 feet per second.

Employees of the Moscow State Circus believe someone tampered with the net, but Zapashny said there were no immediate signs of sabotage during the first round of inspection.

Here is the video of Karo Christopher Kazungu's 85-foot trapeze fall:

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