Mobile phone footage captured the sickening moment an acrobat plunged to the ground in front of horrified circus goers when an aerial stunt went disastrously wrong.
Trapeze artist Yulia Tikaeva is in intensive care with "serious head injuries" after she clipped the edge of the safety net then crashed onto the ground below.
Children and their parents watched in horror as she fell head-first the equivalent of four storeys, landing on a hard floor during the acrobatic performance in Gomel, Belarus.
The 20-year-old was unconscious when she was carried away on a stretcher after the 40ft fall.
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