Wing suiter's death was live-streamed on Facebook, reports say

Posted at 12:48 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 12:54:14-04

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss media are reporting that a wingsuit flyer who fatally crashed in the Alps on Friday was broadcasting live on Facebook when the accident happened.

A video posted online shows a man readying his wingsuit before pocketing his phone and taking off. After a few moments, a shout can be heard and the sound of impact.

The video couldn't immediately be verified.

The Zurich daily Blick reports that followers watching the video reacted with horror. Some sent messages asking that he "write or say something."

Bern cantonal police said the body of a 28-year-old Italian citizen was recovered near Kandersteg, a popular BASE jumping location. Police spokeswoman Jolanda Egger declined Saturday to confirm the man's identity, citing privacy rules. She said the cause of the accident was still being investigated.