TODAY   |  September 28, 2013

Daredevil lands daring ‘flying dagger’ stunt

“It was the single gnarliest thing I’ve ever done in my life, without a doubt,” said daredevil Jeb Corliss, who jumped out of a helicopter and flew through a narrow mountain fissure in China. NBC’s Ian Williams reports

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>>> dare devil jeb corliss making history with a jump out of the a helicopter into a wing suit and fly through a crack in the mountain. he is in china this morning where that jump just happened. ian, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, erica. i can tell you this was spectacular even by his dizzying standards. all the more so because it looked like it wouldn't happen today. the weather was too bad. the mountains were shrouded in clouds. the wind was particularly whipping those mountains. we thought it wouldn't happen. so did he. but then the weather cleared late this afternoon and up he went in the helicopter soaring above those three towering peaks above that narrow crack which was his target. he launched himself out of that helicopter, through that crack which is only 60 feet wide at the top and 15 wide at the bottom and opened his parachute and landed heavily, but safely. now, we caught up with him after that spectacular stunt and i can tell you, he was really ek ecstatic.

>> it was the single gnarliest thing i have ever done. i have never experienced anything more hard-core, period. i was 100% sure that that was not happening. i'm like, we're done, we're done. i have not been that scared in my life. it was so overwhelming. it was so powerful. i just started crying.

>> reporter: he said it was the most challenging, scary thing he had had ever done and at one point, he came that close to the wall. i mean, it was pretty scary from where i was looking and quite spectacular, erica.

>> it's pretty scary and spectacular all the way here in new york when we see it on a video. ian williams , thanks.