The French inventor Franky Zapata is recovering after crashing his homemade jetpack dubbed “Flyboard” into a lake in the town of Biscarrosse. The BBC reports the former jet-ski champion was taking part in an exhibition event when he appeared to lose control and spiraled from about 50 feet into the waters below.Zapata was conscious as emergency services pulled him from the lake and is reported to be showing “good sensitivity and motor skills” while under observation in hospital.
Zapata’s homemade Flyboard is powered by four micro-turbines and can reach speeds of up to 87 mph. Although he crashed during this short flight, Zapata actually crossed the English Channel on the contraption back in 2019, completing the 22-mile journey in just 22 minutes. Get well soon buddy.
Crash impressionnant de @frankyzapata aujourd’hui au meeting aérien de #biscarrosse Heureusement il est tombé dans l’eau et devrait s’en sortir je l’espère sans trop de soucis. #frankyzapata #biscarrosse #crash pic.twitter.com/SjWbGOp74W
— Alex (@Alex170346741) May 28, 2022