French ‘Jetpack Man’ Vincent Reffet has died in a training accident in Dubai

A stuntman famous for airborne feats using jetpacks and carbon-fibre wing packs has been killed in a training accident in Dubai.

Vincent Reffet was part of the company Jetman Dubai.

The 36-year-old Frenchman went viral for flights over the Gulf city’s waterfront and the Alps.

A statement said Reffet died “during training in Dubai” but did not give any further details. An investigation into the death is now under way.

“Vince was a talented athlete, and a much-loved and respected member of our team,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him.”

Reffet was the child of skydivers and had performed numerous stunts throughout his career, including BASE-jumping off the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Reffet’s exploits often went viral on social media, including one occasion when he jumped from a mountain into a moving plane with colleague and fellow Frenchman Fred Fugen.