Man Tries To Fly Hoverboard Over The English Channel, Crashes

A French inventor decided he wasn't going to wait for a boat anymore and attempted to fly a hoverboard across the English Channel. It didn't work. 

Franky Zapata, a former jet-ski champion, had been hoping to cross from northern France to southern England in just 20 minutes on a jet-powered fly board. However, he fell into the water halfway across as he tried to land on a boat to refuel.

The man was not injured when he fell and later announced he was planning a second bid to fly across the Channel next week. He says he only missed the platform on the boat by a few inches. 

The invention, which is about the size of a skateboard, is powered by five small jet engines and fueled by kerosene which is kept in the rider's backpack. The problem they have is refueling. The fly board travels at 87 mph and stays about 15 feet above the water.


Source: BBC

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