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

A French stuntman well-known for wowing crowds by means 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, was once killed within the deserts of the Arabian sheikhdom, Jetman Dubai mentioned in a observation, including the corporate is “running intently with all related government”.

“Vince was once a skilled athlete, and a much-loved and revered member of our crew,” its observation mentioned. “Our ideas and prayers are along 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 right away recognize the incident.

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

Dressed in a carbon fibre wing powered by means of 4 mini jet engines, Reffet flew to one,800 metres (five,900 toes) above sea degree previous this yr in Dubai.

He was once no stranger to breaking data – he in the past took phase in a base soar from the highest of the arena’s tallest development at 828 metres (2,716toes), the Burj Khalifa, within the town.

His oldsters have been additionally skydivers, and Reffet was once as soon as quoted as pronouncing: “I consider that when you dream giant and when you love what you do, the whole thing 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 all through the World Tower Leap in 2013

Then again, he was once absolute best recognized for being part of Jetman Dubai, based by means 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 recognize, when I’m skydiving, I’ve like this sense of freedom I will be able to like just about cross the place I would like however all the time happening,” Reffet instructed the Related Press the similar yr.

“With this device… I will be able to fly like a hen.”

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