Documentation on file.
MS. Gerard Masselin in his bird-man outfit, just before take off. VS. Air to air of bird-man leaving small plane and spreading wings as he sails towards ground. LS. Small crowd gathered around where Gerard Masselin landed after his parachute failed to open early. VS. Men trying to revive Masselin with kiss-of-life but it's too late, he is dead.
Note: tragic piece of footage as man dies due to his parachute failing to open.
Note 2: A member of the public sent a link to a newspaper article about this incident. The article read:
St. Joseph Gazette – Sep 16, 1963
Nordhorn, Gerpany (UPI) – French “birdman” Gerard Masselin Sunday crashed to his death when his triangular parachute failed to unfold during a stunt aviation performance. Masselin, whose brother lost his life in a similar accident a few years back, had planned to make his jump for a television show. Masselin used to jump off planes with his self- constructed triangular parachute and open it just above the ground.