Jetpack inventor Frankie Japata recently fell from a height of 50 feet during a demonstration of his home-made device called the flyboard. According to BBC, Mr Zapata was wrecked on a lake in the French city of Biscarrosse. He lost control of his discovery when he fell into a lake while attending an exhibition event.
Inside Video footage Posted on social media, Mr Zapata was seen making impressive journeys before flying over the lake, the board taking him even higher. However, a few seconds later, the board was suddenly found to be losing power, which led Mr. Japata to sink into the water below.
After the incident, the French inventor was rushed to hospital by emergency services. Citing the French media Southwest, BBC The 40-year-old was reportedly conscious when he was pulled from the lake.
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Officials further said that Mr. Japata was showing “good sensitivity and motor skills” during the observation at the hospital. Individually, acceptance TwitterThe French inventor reassured his fans that he was “doing well” and that the incident reminded him that “we are not birds”.
According to media outlets, Mr Japata, nicknamed “Flying Man” by the French media, was scheduled to perform several times over the weekend. However, in the wake of the horrific accident, his presence was canceled, Biscuros Mayor Helen Laraget told local media.
Frankie Zapata gained fame in 2019 after crossing the English Channel on his device. That same year he performed a flight during the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris and was pictured flying over the crowd holding a rifle. European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, applauded the flyboard as it passed overhead.
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French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parley said the technology could be used to create flying troops that could be taken to the battlefield in the future. The French Ministry of Defense later granted him £ 1.26 million to help develop the board.