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Last Updated: Thursday February 09 2006 18:46 GMT

Skydivers break formation record

400 skydivers break a world record
A group of skydivers have set a world record for the the largest connected formation skydive, above Thailand.

The 400 record breakers leapt out of plane, moved into a snowflake formation for 4.25 seconds then split up and all landed safely to set the new mark.

And they had to have two goes at it because someone wasn't quite in the right place on the first attempt!

Judges ruled only 399 divers linked up so they had to go up again for another go, this time earning the new record.

Divers from 32 countries took part, and all wore red, white and blue outfits as they fell to Earth, the colours of the flag of Thailand.

They chose those colours as the jump was part of a series of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

And many of them are going for another record on Saturday, when 960 divers hope to take part in the world's largest mass free-fall jump.



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