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Flyboard Hero Crashes Into The Sea During His Attempt To Cross 22-mile English Channel On His ₦90m Jet-powered Hoverboard

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Yesterday, during the 110th anniversary to mark Louis Bleriot’s first airplane flight across the English Channel on July 25 1909, French inventor, Franky Zapata attempted to make the 22-mile crossing on his jet-powered flyboard — but failed.

The former jet-ski champion, who received widespread attention when he took to the skies during France military display on his futuristic flyboard earlier this month and also outran a Lamborghini Huracan, had been hoping to cross from northern France to southern England in just 20 minutes.

About 15 minutes after takeoff from Sangatte, in northern France, the 40-year-old fell into the water while trying to land on a small boat to refuel his flyboard.





The uninjured Zapata, who was around 11 miles from the finish line at St Margaret’s Bay, England, is planning a second bid to fly across the Channel next week.

He told the press conference:

“I could see the British borders,”

“We should have done a takeoff and landing test, but we were not allowed”

“When I got closer to the platform, the boat took a wave and it hit the foot of the machine and broke it”

“I lost balance, I fell in the water. The flyboard is damaged, the electronic part has to be redone, the motors are ruined but the base is saved”

Right now, he plans to find a bigger boat that he can land on to refuel his invention. His ₦90 million jet-powered hoverboard, which is about the size of a skateboard, is powered by five small jet engines and fuelled by kerosene which is kept in the rider’s backpack.









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