Video captures skydiver nearly hit by meteorite

A skydiver in Norway narrowly escaped being hit by what appeared to be a meteorite falling at the exact moment he was floating to the ground.

And his helmet cam captured it all on video.

In the video that was posted to YouTube, you see skydiver Anders Helstrup open his parachute and just seconds later, the object flies right past him. He says he didn’t realize what had happened until he looked at the video after landing.

“I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,” Helstrup told Norwegian news site NKR.no.

Geologist Hans Amundsen told NKR.no the shape of the object makes him believe it had to be a meteorite.

“It can’t be anything else,” Amundsen told NRK.no. “The shape is typical of meteorites — a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded.”

Helstrup has even had to reaffirm that the video posted on April 3 wasn’t an April Fools’ joke, and The Huffington post reported that Helstrup confirmed the video’s authenticity in an email.

“I can guarantee you the story and footage is real, recorded just as it happened,” Helstrap told The Huffington Post in an email. “I am aware that April 1 was 3 days ago, but this has nothing to do with that.”

According to the DailyMail, the skydive was in 2012. Helstrup and the Oslo Parachute Club have searched the area for the meteorite, but have yet to find it.

Helstrup told The Huffington Post they are hoping the release of the video will lead someone to finding it.

Contact Kira Terry at kterry@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @kiraterry


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