For the first time in history, a person died during a flight on his jetpack. The device exploded behind a man’s back, and it fell from a height of almost seven meters. The incident occurred in Puerto Rico during the preparations for the city festival. Jetpacks are of two main types: with a rocket engine and a turbojet engine. Which of them was used by the deceased is not yet clear.
Australian Kelman Riches died during a flight on his jetpack: he fell from a height of almost seven meters. The incident occurred in Puerto Rico while preparing for one of the city’s festivals: according to preliminary data, the satchel exploded. According to the local newspaper El Nuevodia, there was no one near Riches during the accident, and there were no additional casualties.
Jetpacks are high-risk technology. Back in 1961, the engineer who created the first working prototype, Wendell Moore, who wanted to be the first pilot in the world, broke his leg in training tests and had to fly (and gain worldwide fame) as a “student” (Harold Graham).
The security issue has not been solved for 100 years of the existence of jetpack technology, so beginner projects try to fly “on the ropes” or over water.