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Vince Reffet, 'Jetman' pilot, dies in training accident in Dubai

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Vince Reffet, a French jetpack pilot who flew for Jetman Dubai, has died in an accident during training.

(CNN)Vince Reffet, a French jetpack pilot who flew for Jetman Dubai, has died in an accident during training.

Jetman Dubai has developed a jet-powered wingsuit capable of taking off from the ground and then transitioning to high-altitude flight.

In February, Reffet, whose stunts using the jetpack have gone viral on social media, was the first pilot to demonstrate the transition to high-altitude flight.

Jetman pilots had previously launched from elevated platforms, such as a helicopter.

Reffet was the first to launch from the ground.

"We are working closely with all relevant authorities and ask that you please keep Vince's family in your thoughts and prayers," it continued.

Jetman Dubai's carbon-fiber wingsuit is powered by four mini jet engines, and the team's engineers were able to create a manually controlled thrust vectoring nozzle that allows pilots "to control rotations around the yaw axis at zero speeds. "

The suit has a maximum altitude of 6,100 meters (20,000 feet), according to the Jetman Dubai website, a maximum flight duration of 13 minutes and a top speed of 220 knots (253 miles per hour).

In 2015, Reffet and fellow pilot Yves Rossy flew alongside the world's largest passenger jet, an Airbus A380, over Dubai.

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