French 'Jetman' who jumped from world's tallest building dies in training accident in Dubai

A French stuntman well-known for wowing crowds by way of flying above town skyscrapers with jet engines strapped to his again has died in a coaching twist of fate in Dubai.

Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, used to be killed within the deserts of the Arabian sheikhdom, Jetman Dubai mentioned in a commentary, including the corporate is “running intently with all related government”.

“Vince used to be a skilled athlete, and a much-loved and revered member of our group,” its commentary mentioned. “Our ideas and prayers are together with his circle of relatives and all those that knew and labored with him.”

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February 2020: Jetman loop-de-loops over Dubai

Jetman Dubai gave no additional main points and Dubai police didn’t straight away recognize the incident.

The United Arab Emirates’ Normal Civil Aviation Authority, which investigates all aviation incidents within the federation of 7 sheikhdoms, didn’t straight away go back a choice for remark.

Dressed in a carbon fibre wing powered by way of 4 mini jet engines, Reffet flew to at least one,800 metres (five,900 ft) above sea stage previous this yr in Dubai.

He used to be no stranger to breaking information – he up to now took phase in a base leap from the highest of the sector’s tallest construction at 828 metres (2,716feet), the Burj Khalifa, within the town.

His oldsters have been additionally skydivers, and Reffet used to be as soon as quoted as pronouncing: “I consider that for those who dream large and for those who love what you do, the entirety is imaginable.”

Reffet leaping from the 300m open deck of Malaysia's landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in 2013
Reffet jumping from the 300m open deck of Malaysia’s landmark Kuala Lumpur Tower throughout the World Tower Bounce in 2013

Then again, he used to be best possible identified for being part of Jetman Dubai, based by way of Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy.

Famously in 2015, Reffet and Rossy flew along an Emirates Airbus A380 double-decker jetliner over Dubai.

“It is the sensation of freedom. Already, you already know, when I’m skydiving, I’ve like this sense of freedom I will be able to like just about pass the place I would like however all the time taking place,” Reffet instructed the Related Press the similar yr.

“With this gadget… I will be able to fly like a chook.”

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