Daredevil's New Mexico skydive called off for now


Oct 9 (Reuters) - An Austrian daredevil called off his

death-defying skydive from a balloon 23 miles (37 km) over the

New Mexico desert on Tuesday due to winds at the launch site.

Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old helicopter pilot, hot-air

balloonist and professional skydiver, had been preparing to

break a longstanding altitude record.

But his team announced the launch had been aborted moments

before Baumgartner's balloon was set to carry him aloft over

Roswell, New Mexico.

"Mission aborted due to gusty winds," a statement on the

website of sponsor Red Bull said.

It gave no details.

(Reporting By Irene Klotz; additional reporting by Jane Sutton;

Editing by Doina Chiacu)