DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – One of Dubai’s most notorious jetmen pilots, who died in a crash in November, was unable to install an emergency parachute attached to its engines, according to an investigative report released on Thursday.
Investigators from the United Arab Emirates General Department of Civil Aviation have not explained why 36-year-old Vincent Refet, from the French city of Annecy, did not use his parachute during a training flight in the Sheikh Desert in the fall.
Describing Refet as an “experienced professional skyscraper” pilot, investigators said a video of the crash on November 17 showed him losing control and jumping into a reversal that hovered about 240 meters (800 meters) from the ground. feet).
Such reversals are common when carrying the wings and are corrected if the pilot is pushed forward with a finger, the report said. Reffe used to try to get out of those blows before, but at higher altitudes.
“The risks of standing at 800 feet were discussed during the pre-flight briefing. As a mitigation, it was decided to abort the flight and deploy an emergency rocket parachute if the aircraft is not controlled,” the report said. “The investigation cannot find out why the pilot did not choose the mitigation action.”
The video of the camera attached to his helmet shows that the parachute was placed only after it hit the ground. Before that, his hands were moving as if he thought he could soar again. Investigators say the plane had no mechanical problems before or during the flight.
The training flight was to mimic ground-based flight, triangular flight, and jet-landing on an 800-foot platform, the report said. The helicopter was supposed to model the platform at that height, but investigators found no sign that it played a role in the crash.
XDubai, an extreme sports company that sponsors flights related to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nor et etman Dubai, for which Reffet flew.
Refet jumped on BASE, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, from the Burj Khalifa, 828 meters (2716 feet), setting a world record. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Area և Country Abbreviation. He had previously won gold medals while competing in the team as a free-flying skyscraper and competing as an extreme athlete.
Jetman Dubai, founded by Swiss adventurer Yves Rossi, sees its athletes in the sky with four engines, the carbon-Kevlar, attached to the back. The wings have been shown solely to give a sense of proportion. The wings have been shown solely to give a sense of proportion. The wings have been shown solely to give a sense of proportion.
In 2015, the famous Refet և Rossi was flying an Emirates Airbus A380 double-decker plane over Dubai.
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