Jetman Crashes in Transcontinental Flight Attempt
Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, or “Jetman” as he is called, attempted to be the first person to fly between two continents using only a jet engine. He was mid-flight between Morocco in Africa to Spain in Europe when he crashed into the Straight of Gibraltar.
The flight plan was to fly about 40 km (25 miles) for 15 minutes with cruising speed 220 km/hr (130 mp/h) using 30 liters of kerosene as fuel. Ferries crossing the straight daily between the two continents take about 35 minutes to complete.
He started from a small plane 6500 ft (1.9 km) above Tangiers and set off to Atlanterra, Spain. He started struggling strong winds and a bank of clouds 14 minutes into the trip when he failed and took a dip into the sea. He was 3 miles away from the coast of Spain. A helicopter rescued him and brought him to a hospital in Jerez, Spain as standards operations procedures dictates. He was declared unhurt.
At a news conference in Atlanterra, Spain, the pilot said that he was disappointed that he failed. He stated however, “I’m also happy that I had the opportunity to try. I did my best, all the team did their best.”
The team said that Rossy would definitely try another attempt.