Vincent Reffet Wiki – Biography
Vincent Reffet of Annecy, France, was killed in the deserts of the Arabian sheikhdom.
“Vince was a talented athlete, and a much-loved and respected member of our team,” its statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him.”
Jetman Dubai gave no further details and Dubai police did not immediately acknowledge the incident.
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.
Wearing a carbon fibre wing powered by four mini jet engines, Reffet flew to 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) above sea level earlier this year in Dubai.
He was no stranger to breaking records – he previously took part in a base jump from the top of the world’s tallest building at 828 metres (2,716ft), the Burj Khalifa, in the city.
Vincent Reffet Age
Vincent Reffet has died at the age of 36-years-old.
Family & Siblings
Reffet was the child of skydivers and had performed numerous stunts throughout his career, including BASE-jumping off the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
He became well known for his flights with Jetman Dubai, created by the Swiss pilot Yves Rossy – himself known as “Jetman”. Rossy’s equipment allows the group’s pilots to fly at speeds of up to 250mph (402km/h).
“Everything we do is something new,” Reffet told AFP news agency in an interview last month. “We have so many dreams and life is so short.”
Reffet’s exploits often went viral on social media, including one occasion when he jumped from a mountain into a moving plane with colleague and fellow Frenchman Fred Fugen.
His parents were also skydivers, and Reffet was once quoted as saying: “I believe that if you dream big and if you love what you do, everything is possible.”
However, he was best known for being a part of Jetman Dubai, founded by Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy.
Famously in 2015, Reffet and Rossy flew alongside an Emirates Airbus A380 double-decker jetliner over Dubai.
“It’s the sensation of freedom. Already, you know, when I am skydiving, I have like this feeling of freedom I can like pretty much go where I want but always going down,” Reffet told the Associated Press the same year.
“With this machine… I can fly like a bird.”
Cause of Death
A French stuntman famous for wowing crowds by flying above city skyscrapers with jet engines strapped to his back has died in a training accident in Dubai.
Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, was killed in the deserts of the Arabian sheikhdom, Jetman Dubai said in a statement, adding the company is “working closely with all relevant authorities”.
Vincent Reffet was part of the company Jetman Dubai.
Vincent went viral for flights over the Gulf city’s waterfront and the Alps.
A statement said Reffet died “during training in Dubai” but did not give any further details. An investigation into the death is now under way.