French Inventor, Franky Zapata’s attempt to cross the English Channel on a hoverboard ended in a failure after he crashed while trying to land on a refueling station in the center of the English Channel as per BBC News reports.
He took off from near Calais earlier this morning and had hoped to make the crossing to St Margaret’s Bay on the English coast in around 20 minutes if successful he could have been the first person to fly hoverboard over the English Channel which he thought only have 30% chance of successfully making the crossing.
A member of his team said on BFM television that he missed the platform by just a few centimeters and blamed the size of the waves for his failure to make the landing and fall into the water
Franky Zapata invented the jet-powered Flyboard Air which is powered by five mini turbo engines has the capability of producing around 250 horsepower each and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 118 mph (190 kmph) according to The Guardian.
The setup also includes a fuel tank filled with kerosene which Zapata wears on his back and handheld remote control and due to the length of the crossing he had to make a refueling stop in the middle of the Channel.
Zapata was restricted to just a single stop after the French maritime authority put up concerns about the crossing taking place over such a busy stretch of water.
French Military is under the concern of his invention as using the Flyboard Air as a logistical or assault tool. The Defense and procurement agency of the French government has also invested in the development of the Flyboard Air with a €1.3m endowment it gave to Zapata last year.