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Long way down: New video of World Trade Center BASE jumpers surfaces

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Ever wonder what it's like to illegally parachute off the tallest building in the United States? Wonder no more.

New helmet-cam footage of September's World Trade Center jump shows off the beautiful and harrowing descent to the streets of lower Manhattan.

The three alleged BASE jumpers, Marko Markovich, Andrew Rossig and James Brady, and one alleged accomplice, Kyle Hartwell, appeared in court this week where they pleaded not guilty to the charges of burglary and reckless endangerment, ABC News reports.

The legal question isn't whether or not the men made the jump, but whether or not it constitutes a felony or a lesser charge, one of their lawyers explained in an AP video.

An extended cut of the recent video, published by the alleged jumpers, was uploaded to the Web. On it, you can hear one of the men airing a few last-minute doubts before making the leap. The full version is available, but beware it contains salty language.

The men are contending that their stunt exposed glaring security holes at the World Trade Center and led to a renewed focus on protecting the building and the residents who live nearby. However, Brady admitted that that wasn't the reason behind the jump.

Earlier this year, a 16-year-old found himself in hot water after he allegedly broke into the World Trade Center, climbed to the very top of the spire atop the building and then took a selfie.

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