Flying Frenchman Attempts To Cross English Channel On His 'Flyboard', Zooms Away But Falls Short

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Renowned French inventor Franky Zapata known for his masterpiece invention, the 'Flyboard' has failed to fly over the English Channel.

Written By Shloak Prabhu | Mumbai | Updated On:

Renowned French inventor Franky Zapata known for his masterpiece invention, the 'Flyboard' has failed to fly over the English Channel.

Zapata was keen on attempting to cross the English Channel with his jet-powered flyboard, but the famous inventor failed to do so. Here's a video of Zapata attempting to cross the channel:

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In the video, Zapata can be seen taking off from a platform and flying high over the waters of the English Channel. However, as per reports Zapata could not make it. Once he was over the English Channel, Zapata tried to land to refuel but ended up falling into the waters below. Zapata had planned to land on a boat to refuel, but things went for a toss and he could not make it. The famed inventor had planned to complete the journey in 20-minutes but couldn't. Thankfully, the flyboarder was not injured. 

Even so, his team members were upset that the attempt resulted in a failure. One of them asserted that they had practiced the stunt several times, which showed signs that it could be a successful attempt. The team had thoroughly practiced even over the rough seas. But to their dismay, it didn't work on D-day. 

On the morning of July 25, Zapata took off from a platform that was placed at the beach near Calais in France. In order to record and track his flight, a helicopter followed him. Some reports also stated that he disappeared for a while but it later emerged that he failed at the stunt. Apparently, Zapata was 11 miles away when he fell, meaning he got quite far considering he had earlier said that chances of him succeeding were low.

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Reactions soon followed after news broke out:

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Ever since his introduction and first flight on the flyboard, Zapata has earned the name 'The Flying Frenchman'. Even though he failed, Franky Zapata has said that he will attempt to cross the English Channel again.

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