Jetman Vince Reffet killed in a training accident in Dubai

Soul Flyer Vince Reffet was killed during a training incident on Tuesday. Reffet was part of the “Jetman” team who performed pioneering stunts over Dubai with jetpacks and carbon-fibre wings.

“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.

Vince was a talented athlete, and a much-loved and respected member of our team. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him.

We are working closely with all relevant authorities and ask that you please keep Vince’s family in your thoughts and prayers.” Jetman Dubai wrote on their social media.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, posted a picture with Reffet saying “We will miss you”.

A well-known name in the world of skydiving, Reffet comes from a family of skydivers. He has achieved extraordinary, gravity-defying feats including a record-breaking BASE0jump from the world’s tallest building – Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – as well as a jump from 10,000 metres over Mont Blanc in France. Reffet has been trained and mentored by Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy since 2009.

The accident, which happened at Reffet’s Jetman base in the desert outside the city, is now under investigation reports AFP.

Reffet joined France’s national Freefly team in 2002. In 2004, he was crowned as the Freefly World Champion. He won gold medals at 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 World Championships.

Over the years, he developed into an athlete with a focus on BASE-jumping, canopy piloting, indoor skydiving, wingsuit flying and speed riding.

Arti Dani
Arti Dani is a journalist by trade, a travelling runner with 5 international marathons, one ultra-marathon under her belt. 100 push-ups a day is a simple job for her, even though she's still working to perfect her headstand skills.
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