French ‘Jetman’ Vince Reffet killed in training accident in Dubai

French ‘Jetman’ Vince Reffet killed in training accident in Dubai
Frenchman Vince Reffet, part of the "Jetman" team which has performed groundbreaking stunts above Dubai using jetpacks and carbon-fibre wings, was killed in a training accident on Tuesday. (AFP)
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Updated 17 November 2020

French ‘Jetman’ Vince Reffet killed in training accident in Dubai

French ‘Jetman’ Vince Reffet killed in training accident in Dubai
  • Reffet pioneered groundbreaking stunts above Dubai using jetpacks and carbon-fiber wings
  • Authorities investigating accident, which happened at the Jetman base in the desert outside the city

DUBAI: Frenchman Vince Reffet, part of the “Jetman” team which has performed groundbreaking stunts above Dubai using jetpacks and carbon-fiber wings, was killed in a training accident Tuesday, a spokesman said.
The Jetmen have pulled off a series of dramatic flights over the Gulf city, soaring in tandem above the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa and alongside an Emirates Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial airliner.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stunts elsewhere in the world, including swooping into an aeroplane through a small door in mid-flight, and flying through China’s famed “Heaven’s Gate” archway in the mountains of Hunan province, drew huge audiences on social media.
“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,” Jetman Dubai spokesman Abdulla Binhabtoor told AFP.
“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.”

 




Vince Reffet, known as Jetman, taking part in a flight near the Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) Ferris Wheel. Reffet was killed in a training accident on Tuesday. (AFP)


The accident, which happened at 36-year-old Reffet’s Jetman base in the desert outside the city, is now under investigation.
“We are working closely with all relevant authorities,” Binhabtoor said.
Reffet’s exploits went viral earlier this year, with video of him taking off from the ground and climbing to 1,800 meters over Dubai’s waterfront, in a feat reminiscent of Marvel’s “Iron Man.”

 



The Frenchman hovered five meters above the waters of Dubai’s coast before shooting off into the air and skimming the city’s skyline in the stunt that was hailed as a world first.
The Jetmen had previously launched themselves into the air by jumping down from high platforms.
In an interview with AFP in October, Reffet described the exhilaration of stunts like zooming into the plane flying over the Swiss mountains, which he said left him feeling “sick to your stomach.”
“You’re not well, it’s a mental battle. And then you get on the plane, the project is over, and now you’re already thinking about the next project. You’re looking for that moment,” he said.
“You have so many dreams and life is so short.”
Reffet’s carbon fiber wings were powered by four mini jet engines. The equipment, which is controlled by the pilot’s movements, is capable of reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour.
The Jetman team also includes fellow Frenchman Fred Fugen and Emirati pilot Ahmed Alshehhi.

 


Egypt begins mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign

(L to R) Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed gives a press conference, accompanied by doctor Abdelmouim Selem and medical staff member Ahmed Hemdan, in a tent set up outside the Abou Khalifa hospital, in Ismailia, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east the capital Cairo, on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021, after the two men received a doze of a coronavirus vaccine. (AFP)
(L to R) Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed gives a press conference, accompanied by doctor Abdelmouim Selem and medical staff member Ahmed Hemdan, in a tent set up outside the Abou Khalifa hospital, in Ismailia, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east the capital Cairo, on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021, after the two men received a doze of a coronavirus vaccine. (AFP)
Updated 24 January 2021

Egypt begins mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign

(L to R) Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed gives a press conference, accompanied by doctor Abdelmouim Selem and medical staff member Ahmed Hemdan, in a tent set up outside the Abou Khalifa hospital, in Ismailia, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east the capital Cairo, on Sunday Jan. 24, 2021, after the two men received a doze of a coronavirus vaccine. (AFP)
  • Sinopharm jab rolls out in 36 centers throughout country
  • Egypt launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Sunday

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced the start of the campaign, and said that medical staff will be first in line to receive the jab.
Egypt received the first shipment of vaccines developed by Sinopharm last December.
Last week, the country’s minister of health said that Egypt would receive 40 million doses through the International Vaccine Alliance, a sufficient amount to vaccinate 20 million people, or 20 percent of Egypt’s population of 100 million.
The Ministry of Health and Population said that those who will receive the vaccine must be over the age of 18, and that pregnant women and children will not receive the jab.
The ministry also set the times and places for the first group of vaccine recipients.
Minister of Health Hala Zayed will hold a press conference at the Abu Khalifa Isolation Hospital in Ismailia Governorate to announce the vaccine distribution plan.
The ministry said that more than 36 centers in Egypt will distribute the vaccine to citizens, with the first group in line being medical staff in isolation, then chest and fever hospital patients, and then patients with chronic diseases and the elderly.
The ministry stressed that the vaccines have been thoroughly tested and are safe, and have undergone analysis that proved the Sinopharm vaccine 86 percent effective. The ministry added that the success of the vaccine in generating antibodies is 99 percent, and that it is totally effective in preventing moderate or major injury.
Symptoms that vaccine recipients may experience include pain, stiffness, itching, high temperature, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, muscle pain, joint pain and convulsive attacks.
These symptoms generally do not require specific treatment and usually subside without a prescription or medication.
On Saturday, Egypt recorded a significant decrease in new coronavirus cases. It recorded 680 new cases, a noticeable decline from the day before, in which it recorded 748 new cases.
It also recorded 49 new deaths, a decrease compared with the 52 deaths it recorded the previous day.