Simi Valley. California. 31 July 2016. Being a safety and training adviser for the US Parachute Association did not make it easier for American Luke Aikins who has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.

During the two-minute fall aired live on Fox television, the 42-year-old reached the speed of 120mph (193km/h). Luke Aikins landed dead centre into the 100x100ft net.

“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,” his spokesman Justin Aclin said.