I was also under the impression that with all of the fencing around the observation decks and the way the building is designed that it was impossible for a person to jump and actually make it all the way down to the pavement.
The man who jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building's observation deck was identified as Yale University Cameron Dabaghi, school officials said today.
Dabaghi, a junior from Austin, Texas, plunged from the deck in an apparent suicide on Tuesday shortly before 6:30 p.m.
The 21-year-old is thought to have climbed over the barriers on the 86th floor of the New York landmark, and landed on the pavement outside a branch of Bank of America during rush hour.
The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the United States. More than 30 people have committed suicide at the building since it opened in 1931.
Before today, the most recent jumper was believed to have been in 2006, when a man jumped from a vacant office on the 66th floor of the Empire State Building.
One of the witnesses said about the jumper man:
"My friend heard this really loud weird sound. He turned around and saw someone splattered on the ground."
Pictures of the Empire State Building death.