Vince Reffet who soared neck and neck with world's largest passenger jet won't fly again
A free-flying world champion 'Jetman' Vince Reffet made a world record after he Base-jumped off Dubai's Burj Khalifa
"We have so many dreams and life is so short," said the 36-year-old French adventure enthusiast in his last interview. The man -- Vincent Reffet, who stunned the world with his jaw-dropping visuals of flying alongside an Emirates Airbus A380 double-decker jetliner over Dubai and Base-jumping from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa -- lost his life in an accident while training on November 17.
The death of the French stuntman was mourned by aviation enthusiasts and adventure sports junkies across the world. Reffet, who was also known 'Jetman', shot to limelight in 2015 after he, along with Swiss aviation enthusiast Yves Rossy, flew with jetpacks above Dubai. The video, in which the duo was seen flying beside the world’s largest passenger aircraft -- an Emirates Airbus A380 -- broke the internet.
In Dubai, the group worked with XDubai, an extreme sports brand that has been endorsed by the crown prince.
“It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jetman pilot, Vincent (Vince) Raffet, who died this morning, November 17 during training in Dubai,” Jetman posted on their Instagram page.
“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.”
According to the spokesman, Jetman Dubai is working closely with all the relevant authorities in the investigation.
A free-flying world champion and avid Base jumper Reffet made a world record after he Base-jumped off Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 828 metres (2,716ft).
The internet is full of Reffet's breathtaking stunts, including a mid-air dive into a plane from a 13,000-foot mountain in Switzerland. He had also earned gold medals while competing as a free-flying skydiver and competed as an extreme athlete sponsored by Red Bull.
Extreme sports was in his blood as his parents were also skydivers.
Reffet's death has again raised questions over the risk involved in performing such sports. Dubai police or any official has not yet revealed the exact cause of the death or the sequence of events that led to the accident.
Fans paid tribute to Reffet on social media, with some saying that he had inspired them to enter the sport.