French daredevil Vincent Reffet, famous for incredible stunts such as jumping from a mountain into a moving plane and BASE-jumping off the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, has died in a training accident.
A statement from Jetman, Yves Rossy’s human flight project, said: “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," the statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him.”
Reffet still holds the BASE jumping world record for his 2,716ft plunge from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
He is known for having worked closely with Rossy, the inventor of a series of experimental jet packs.
On one notable occasion in October 2015, Reffet and Rossy jumped from a helicopter over Dubai wearing jetpacks and flew in close formation with an Emirates Airbus A380 cruising at an altitude of 4,000 feet.
The pair maintained the formation for about 10 minutes, as part of a demonstration of Swiss inventor’s latest ‘Jetman’ technology.
The current model of Jetman is a a four-engine, carbon-Kevlar wing capable of speeds of over 248mph that can reach an altitude of over 20,000ft.
Reffet also worked with fellow Frenchman Frédéric ‘Fred’ Fugen as The Soul Flyers, a parachute stunt duo that held the Freely World Championship between 2004 and 2009.
The pair were renowned for their BASE jumping, canopy piloting, extreme landings, wind tunnel skydiving, wingsuit flying and speed riding.
Reffet was born to participate in extreme sports – both of his parents were also skydivers.
“I believe that if you dream big and if you love what you do, everything is possible,” he said.
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