Robbie Knievel plans canyon jump

Robbie Knievel, son of famed daredevil Evel Knievel, is planning to jump the Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho, US, it has been revealed.

The motorcycle jumper intends to attempt the stunt on the Fourth of July weekend in 2011, nearly 40 years after his late father's failed bid to jump the canyon.

According to Robbie Knievel's spokesman Jeff Lowe, he is set to discuss the plan with local officials in Twin Falls.

The president of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Shawn Barigar, has revealed that the intimate meeting will be attended by local government officials and business leaders.

Julie Pence, spokeswoman for the city of Twin Falls, added that officials want to know the proposal before taking a decision.

Knievel has been planning the jump for several decades. In 1993, he told The Times-News that he wanted to "make sure everybody is happy about it first".

In the year 1974, Evel Knievel tried to jump the Snake River Canyon in a rocket-powered Skycycle. However, he failed to complete the stunt due to a parachute malfunction.

After strong winds blew the cycle into the canyon, he landed close to the swirling river below. The daredevil died in 2007 after suffering from a series of illnesses.

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