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[轉載]: Taipei 101 boosts security after stunt by Austrian parachutist (by 痞子揚)

12/13/2007

[Note: 真是太猛了…] Source: Monsters and Critics.com Asia-Pacific News Taipei 101 boosts security after stunt by Austrian parachutist By DPA Dec 12, 2007, 16:19 GMT Taipei/Vienna – The world’s tallest building Taipei 101 stepped up security checks on Wednesday after Austrian base-jumper Felix Baumgartner parachuted from its top. ‘We have increased frequency of patrol of the observation deck and are barring people from taking large bags to the observation deck,’ Taipei 101 spokesman Michael Liu said. ‘If he wants to make commercial use of this dangerous stunt, that would violate our intellectual property rights and we may sue him for that,’ he added.


The 38-year-old Austrian athlete said he had wanted to jump off the Taipei 101 since its completion in 2004. ‘He prepared himself for one year,’ his spokeswoman told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in Vienna. Baumgartner, who has parachuted off many high-rises around the world, arrived in Taipei last week to realize his dream. With the help of several aides, he hid his parachute inside the ceiling in a toilet on the 91st floor and inspected the Taipei 101’s security system and its observation deck for five days, waiting for the right wind. Tuesday afternoon, he extracted the parachute and went to the observation deck. With some hired boys doing breakdance and two female aides chatting with security guards, Baumgartner climbed over the 3-metre steel railings and leapt off, but landed on a platform 4 floors lower, spraining his ankle. Picking himself up, he leapt again and landed on top of a parking lot nearby. Clutching the parachute, he ran into a waiting taxi and headed to Taipei International Airport and he was on a flight to Hong Kong two hours later. Baumgartner’s aides videotaped the adventure. ‘This is the world’s tallest building, so I am the happiest person in the world,’ he said into the video camera. ‘This is like an Olympic gold medal,’ Baumgartner was quoted as saying by Austrian media. ‘On Tuesday there was no wind – so I got my helpers together and told them – now or never,’ Baumgartner told the Austrian press agency. Taiwan press said Taipei 101 did not know Baumgartner had jumped off the skyscraper until two hours later. The Taipei police planned to charge Baumgartner with endangering public safety, which carries a maximum of 5-year imprisonment. Opened in 2004, the 508-metre Taipei 101 is now the world’s tallest building. But it will lose the title to the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates in late 2008 or early 2009. By July 2007, Burj Dubai had already surpassed the height of Taipei 101. Burj Dubai is designed to have 164 floors, standing at 818 metres tall. It is scheduled to be completed on December 30, 2008 and open in September 2009. © 2007 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur © Copyright 2007 by monstersandcritics.com. This notice cannot be removed without permission.

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