A Lattian strongman with the urge to fly like Icarus on home-made wings failed disastrously on Thursday (December 3) when his wings snapped immediately after take-off.
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Background: A Lattian strongman with the urge to fly like Icarus on home-made wings failed disastrously on Thursday (December 3) when his wings snapped immediately after take-off.
He jumped from the roof of a supermarket above the river Nene at Peterborough, in central England, and plunged into the water below.
Forty-four year-old Walter Cornelius, latest in a long line of aspirant birdmen, looked confident and physically up to the job as the strapped on his home-made wings - made of wood, hard-board and elastic and prepared to fly across the river.
As a huge crowd watched from the bridge, he began his take-off run 30 feet (9 metres) above the water. A boat waited below, in case of failure.
Failure it was, and back to the drawing-board with a cut nose and a broken wing. Cornelius was otherwise unhurt and undaunted. He says he will try again.