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.jetman-yves-rossy

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.