The Latest: Skydiver must wear chute but aims not to use it




LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a skydiver's attempt to jump 25,000 feet into a net (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Skydiver Luke Aikins says he'll be wearing a parachute when he tries to become the first person to land in a net without using one.

Aikins revealed about an hour before his scheduled jump Saturday in Simi Valley, California, that the Screen Actors Guild told him the jump can't be done unless he wears a parachute.

He didn't elaborate but the jump is being broadcast on Fox television as part of a one-hour TV special.

Aikins says he is disappointed because wearing a chute will actually make it harder for him to properly put himself over the 100-foot-by-100-foot net.

He didn't say if he plans to actually open the parachute at any point.

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7 a.m.

Skydiver Luke Aikins figures his next leap into thin air will start pretty much like the thousands that preceded it, only with one small but significant difference.

This time when he steps out of a plane at 25,000 feet he won't take his parachute with him.

If all goes according to plan, he will land two minutes later in a trawler-like fishing net 20 stories above the ground and about a third the size of a football field.

His jump is being broadcast live on Fox TV at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday.

The 42-year-old daredevil has made 18,000 jumps.

He's done stunts for "Ironman 3" and other movies and trained elite skydivers.

But on Saturday he'll become the first skydiver to go from plane to planet Earth without a parachute.

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