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`Life is short`: Jetman Vince Reffet dies in a training exercise

`Life is short`: Jetman Vince Reffet dies in a training exercise”

"We are working closely with all relevant authorities", Binhabtoor said.

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.

But the general public in Dubai came to know Reffet as part of Jetman Dubai.

Vincent Reffet and former Swiss pilot Yves Rossy prepare for a flight in 2015.

Jetman Dubai wrote in a post to Instagram: 'It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jetman Pilot, Vincent (Vince) Reffet, who died this morning, 17 November during training in Dubai. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him'.

"Vince was a talented athlete, and a much-loved and respected member of our team", the statement reads.

"You have so many dreams and life is so short", he added.

Wearing a carbon fibre wing powered by four mini jet engines, Mr Reffet, 36, flew to 5,900ft this year.

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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).

Vince Reffet and Yves Rossy shake hands after flying over Dubai's Palm Island in 2015. The son of veteran skydivers, he made his first solo jump in 2000, then went on to become a world champion at Freeflying, a team skydiving event that includes vertical body orientations and much higher speeds than traditional belly-down freefall...

In this September 27, 2013 photo, base jumper Vince Reffet, of France, leaps from the 300-meter Open Deck of the Malaysia's landmark, Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in Kuala Lumpur.

"It's the sensation of freedom", he told The Associated Press in 2015.

Vincent Reffet. Credit: PAReffet flies alongside French fighter jets in 2016.

The Jetmen have pulled off a series of dramatic flights over the Gulf city, soaring in tandem above the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa and alongside an Emirates Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner.

"With this machine... I can fly like a bird".



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