A "jetman" who exceeded the limits of autonomous human flight was killed while training in the deserts of Dubai.
Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, who was part of the Human Flight Mission – Dubai's Expo 2020 unsupported human flight effort – was killed during training this morning, Jetman Dubai said in a statement.
The organization did not elaborate, but said it was "working closely with all relevant authorities".
Jetman Dubai wrote in a post on Instagram: & # 39; It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the death of Jetman pilot Vincent (Vince) Reffet, who died this morning on November 17th during training in Dubai.
Wing suit pilots Fred Fugen (right) and Vince Reffet will fly over Dubai's Palm Islands in March 2017
& # 39; Vince was a talented athlete and a popular and respected member of our team. Our thoughts and prayers go with his family and all those who knew him and worked with him. & # 39;
"Our thoughts and prayers go with his family and all those who knew him and worked with him."
Dubai police did not immediately take notice of the incident. The United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority, which is investigating all aviation incidents in this association of seven sheikhs, did not immediately return a call for comment on Tuesday evening.
Vincent Reffet, 36, from Annecy, France, jumps from the 300-meter-high open deck of Malaysia's landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump
The French wingsuit sweater Vince Reffet, a member of the & # 39; Soul Flyers & # 39 ;, poses during a photo session in Paris in September 2020
Jetmen, Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet flew over the Dubai skyline in 2015 alongside an Emirates A380 passenger aircraft. The pair reached speeds of 120 mph with jet packs at an altitude of 4,000 feet
Reffet, known as Jetman, is on a flight in the Gulf emirate of Dubai
Reffet, known as Jetman, takes part in a flight near the Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) ferris wheel in the Gulf emirate
Reffet had jumped BASE from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at 828 meters in Dubai, and thus set a world record. BASE is an abbreviation for building, antenna, span and earth.
Previously, he won gold medals competing as a free-flying skydiver on a team and competed as a Red Bull sponsored extreme athlete. The thrill was in his blood as his parents were also skydivers.
"I think if you dream big and love what you do, anything is possible," Reffet was quoted as saying.
Reffet, one of Dubai's "jetmen" whose flights over the tallest building in the world and next to a jumbo jet with engines attached to its back impressed viewers online, died this morning
Rossy, also known as Jetman (right), and his protégé Vince Reffet shake hands after flying over Dubai's Palm Island in the United Arab Emirates in May 2015
But the general public in Dubai got to know Reffet as part of Jetman Dubai. The organization, which was founded by the Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, sees its athletes race across the sky with a four-engine carbon-kevlar wing on their backs.
The wings can fly 50 kilometers, have a top speed of over 400 km / h and reach an altitude of 6,100 meters.
Under the XDubai brand, which is associated with the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the jetmen have flown past the Burj Khalifa and other locations in the city-state.
A video posted on Jetman Instagram showed Reffet smiling as he took a flight to Dubai a week before his death
Reffet surfing in early 2020 in Puerto Rico where he was skydiving
It is well known that Reffet and Rossy flew over Dubai in 2015 together with an Emirates Airbus A380 double-decker.
& # 39; It's the feeling of freedom. You know, when I go skydiving, I like that feeling of freedom that I like to go wherever I want, but always go down, "Reffet said in 2015.
"With this machine … I can fly like a bird."
Reffet is taking part in a flight in the Gulf emirate of Dubai as part of Expo 2020
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