Ukraine teen, Bogdan Firsov unwittingly leaps to his death off a 14 story building in Makiivka after his parachute properly fails to open in a social media stunt gone wrong.
A 15-year-old boy has plunged to his death after his homemade parachute failed to open properly during a leap from a tower block in Ukraine.
Footage showed Bogdan Firsov falling from the 14th floor in the eastern Ukrainian city of Makiivka.
Video showed adults watching below as the teen prepared to jump off, with even his own mother encouraging the boy as he prepared to try out his makeshift parachute as part of a social media stunt.
The clip shows the teen with his arms outstretched on top of the building. As he falls, a parachute is visible but it does not unfurl properly during the 140ft drop.
Told an eyewitness via local media: ‘A crowd of people was there and nobody tried to stop him. They only filmed.
‘People are not human any longer, they have lost all common sense.’
Adding: ‘It happened right in front of my eyes. The boy jumped down with a parachute. He flew down and hit the ground with his back. It was really tough.’
Other relatives joined the boy’s mother in watching, filming and photographing the horror in jump for which he used a ‘homemade’ parachute.
They appeared to be ‘encouraging him’ and ‘cheering him’ – with no-one calling the police to halt the stunt.
The mother – whose name was not given – was ‘so shocked by his death that she refused to leave the spot’.
Bogdan Firsov Ukraine teen never stood a chance:
In the days after the stunt- experts have since argued even a full working parachute wouldn’t have saved the teen – a self confessed adrenaline junkie, who’d previously had taken selfies on rooftops.
Newspaper Fakti reported: ‘The lowest possible height for a jump with a parachute is 70 metres – a building of at least 25 storeys.
‘And even then it would have been a dangerous jump.’
Another newspaper reported: ‘Dozens of people watched him doing it, including his family, his mother.
‘They were filming the jump but nobody was brave enough to stop this young ‘extreme-lover’.
‘Nobody called the police, and so we see the result.’
He had waited two minutes on the rooftop before jumping, said witnesses.
The boy wore a helmet and there was ‘padding’ on the ground below but he died instantly.
An ambulance arrived soon after the jump with the dailymail reporting the youth was pronounced dead at the scene.
Of note, Makiivka is in an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian forces.