An attempt to set the world record for the longest motorcycle jump off a ramp onto the ground ended in tragedy.
According to Charles Featherstone of the Columbia Basin Herald, stuntman Alex Harvill, 28, died while training for a motorcycle jump from 106 meters at the Moses Lake Air Show at Grant County International Airport in Washington state. The accident reportedly occurred when Harvill landed to the downward slope of the landing ramp during a training run. Harville flew over the handlebars and flew a few more meters before falling and crashing. His helmet reportedly flew off during the crash.
Medical personnel at the scene and Harville’s family responded quickly, but he could not be saved. It remains unclear whether Harville died at the scene of the crash, in the ambulance or at the hospital. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Harville’s death.
Harville previously set the world record for the longest dirt-to-gravel motorcycle jump of 90 meters at Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex in Richland, Washington in 2013.