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Jetpack Exec Crashes While Testing His Latest Design

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A jetpack lays at the crash site in Denver. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)

By    |   Monday, 11 Apr 2016 06:16 AM

A Jet Pack International executive is in serious condition after crashing during a test flight of one of his products in Denver.

Denver police said Nick Macomber, vice president of Jet Pack International, fell about 10 to 20 feet Friday while using the hydrogen peroxide-fueled backpack, The Associated Press reported.

Company CEO Troy Widgery said Macomber was testing changes he recently made to the machine. He said it crashed in an industrial park after control issues, leaving Macomber with cuts, according to the AP.

Denver7News said when Macomber got about 10 feet off the ground, he lost control and propelled himself into the ground, according to Widgery.

Macomber was not wearing a helmet or protective gear.

"He should have been wearing a helmet. But he's so good and again this was just a test flight. If he would have been doing a performance flight he'd obviously been wearing a helmet," Widgery said.

"He's (Macomber) going to be fine. He has some burns and he'll be fine," Widgery said.

Macomber was taken to a hospital where Denver police said he is in stable condition, reported Denver7News.

The FAA is investigating the crash, said the AP.

Widgery said the jetpack has a range of about a quarter-mile and can reach heights of about 100 feet with a flight time of up to 32 seconds. Jet Pack International flew a man across the 1,053-foot-deep Royal Gorge in southern Colorado in 2008.

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