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Skydiver breaks world record in smallest parachute landing in Dubai

Published: 12:47AM Monday April 07, 2014 Source: AP

A member from the United Arab Emirates' Skydive Dubai parachute team broke the world record on Saturday after landing the world's smallest parachute jump.

His parachute was measured around 3.2 square meters, while standard sized parachutes are mainly between 7.43 and 18.58 square metres.

The larger the parachute is, the steadier and safer the jumper will be, as more air resistance is generated in the process, experts say.

On Saturday, 35-year-old Ernesto Gainza leaped off from 4,200 metres in the air, completing a required set of routines within four minutes before landing successfully at a designated spot.

He set the Guinness World Record for the smallest parachute jump with the aim to set new limits for human flight.

"Normally, if I open my eyes, concentrate, I go straight to my next step. But it was the first time that I said, out loud, 'thanks God, for I have a full-inflated parachute in my function,'" said the world record maker after his jump.

"I think it's amazing with the weather conditions and the really strong winds, and they waited all day. And we weren't sure, actually, if he was actually going to try, but it was very smooth, and really, it was pretty amazing," said Mariam Bennani, a spectator.

The former unofficial record for the smallest parachute landed was held by Luigi Cani with a 3.4 square metre parachute on Jan 1, 2008.