French pilot and acrobat Vincent “Vince” Reffet, part of the Jetman team, died at age 36 after an accident during training. Confirmation came through the company’s own website, based in Dubai.
“It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jetman pilot Vincent (Vince) Reffet. (…) Vince was a talented athlete and a very loved and respected member of our team. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and with everyone who knew and worked with him,” says the statement.
It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jetman Pilot, Vincent (Vince) Reffet, who died this…
Published by Jetman on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Jetman will investigate with authorities what caused the accident, but did not detail exactly what Reffet was doing. The last great act of the pilot with worldwide repercussion was a flight at 1,800 meters high in the city of the United Arab Emirates, confirming the improvements in the costume, now able to take off vertically without the need to jump from a plane.
Headquartered in Dubai, the company is responsible for producing a kind of flight uniform made of carbon fiber, using jetpacks on the wings. The team’s most famous driver is Yves Rossi, who since 2006 has been carrying out tests with power packs. Both even held exhibitions in pairs in the skies of the region.
Reffet was the son of paratroopers and became famous performing jumps before joining Jetman, in 2015. He was one of the first qualified to use the suit besides Rossi.