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Dubai Jetman didn’t deploy chute in fatal crash, UAE investigators conclude

One of Dubai’s famed Jetmen killed in a crash in November failed to deploy the emergency parachute attached to the winged engines strapped to his back, an investigation found.

Investigators from the General Civil Aviation Authority gave no explanation why Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, didn’t use his parachute in the fall during a training flight in the desert.

Describing Mr Reffet as an “experienced professional skydiver” and jetwing pilot, the investigators said a video from the November 17 crash appeared to show him lose control and go into a backflip, hovering some 240 metres above the ground.

Such backflips…

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