Self Proclaimed 'Rocket Man' Attemps Flight From Africa To Europe, Crashes Into Atlantic

November 25, 2009


Remember Swiss rocketeer Yves Rossy, the self proclaimed 'Rocket Man' (formally 'Fusion Man')? Well he may lose his title after stealing a move from Amelia Earhart's playbook and crash landing at sea in an attempt to fly from Morocco to Spain. Geez, way to fail to inspire. Our youth will never pursue careers in jetpackery!

Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters.

"The good news is that he fine," Stuart Sterzel, spokesman for sponsors, told reporters on a beach outside this southern Spanish town, where Rossy was supposed to land.

Sterzel said the wing malfunctioned, possibly due to engine failure, but said Rossy had deployed his parachute and landed in the water in a controlled fashion.

"Landed in the water in a controlled fashion". LAAAME. If there's anything I've learned about jetpacking it's the only way to land is COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. Plus, bonus points for crashing into a building. 1-UP if you crash into a woman's apartment while she's changing.

Rocket man fails to fly from Morocco to Spain [msnbc]

Thanks to Chad Da Bad and TofuButcher, who could have made the flight sans rocketpack. Don't ask how (magic).

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