September 26, 2008

Channel Attempt Off

Poor weather yesterday scuppered a Swiss adventurer's record breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Yves Rossy - Fusionman - was due to jump from a plane more than 8,200ft (2,500m) up, fire up jets on his home-made wing and soar across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

But a late build-up of cloud in the Dover area put paid to the attempt and it is looking likely it will take place today.

It is the second setback for 49-year-old Rossy who this week had to postpone the bid, again due to poor weather.

Speaking from Calais, where he was due to take off, Rossy said he "only had one life" and it was too dangerous to attempt the feat. He said: "My eyes are my best instruments and in these conditions it's just too dangerous."

The postponement was relayed via a live TV feed from Calais to hordes of journalists and camera crews who had gathered near the South Foreland lighthouse in Dover.

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