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Switzerland's 'Jet Man' makes quite a splash

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Switzerland's 'Jet Man' makes quite a splash


A former Swiss fighter pilot, nicknamed ‘Jet man’, has fallen short of his attempt to become the first person to fly between two continents with an engine strapped to his back. Yves Rossy plunged from a plane high above the skies of Tangier to try to cross the 40 kilometres of sea between Morocco and Spain.

Initally, everything appeared to be going to plan as his home-made jetpack ignited and he soared off into the skies. But, then panic, as he disappeared from view in the clouds. Soon though he was spotted floating in the water below. His back-up team was quickly on the spot, and he was winched to safety by a waiting helicopter. Despite initial worries, Rossy appeared safe and well. He was immediately taken for routine hospital checks. It’s not the first crossing the Swiss adventurer has made: he’s already conquered the English Channel, and his team say he’ll bounce back to try his intercontinental crossing again.

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