Famed “Jetman” Vince Reffet’s wings have been clipped.
The Frenchman — part of the high-flying team that buzzed Dubai alongside a giant Emirates Airbus A380 in 2015 — was killed in a training accident on Tuesday, his team said.
The 36-year-old from Annecy was killed at his base in the desert outside the Arabian sheikhdom’s city, Jetman Dubai spokesman Abdulla Binhabtoor told AFP.
“Vince was a talented athlete, and a much-loved and respected member of our team,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him.”
Binhabtoor added that the organization was “working closely with all relevant authorities.”
The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority, which investigates all aviation incidents in the federation of seven sheikhdoms, did not immediately return a call for comment by the Associated Press.
Reffet and Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy wowed watchers online when they soared over Dubai in November 2015, flying in tandem