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"JetMan" cancels Grand Canyon flight

Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy has said he scrapped his plan to fly over the Grand Canyon in a jet-propelled wing suit because he didn't have enough time to train.

"If I make a mistake and half of US television [is here], it's really bad for you, for me, for everybody," he told the Associated Press from Guano Point on the Hualapai Reservation, where spectators had planned to watch him soar through the air on Friday morning.

Rossy added he would still like to do the flight over Arizona's scenic wonder, but a new flight has not yet been scheduled.

The Federal Aviation Administration had approved plans for the 51-year-old adventurer to use Arizona's scenic wonder as a backdrop for his first US flight in the suit.

But Rossy said no professional aviator would fly into such a challenging place without the proper training and he hadn’t had time to do that.

Rossy, who calls himself the JetMan, has talked about soaring over the Grand Canyon for years.

He planned to jump from a helicopter on the Hualapai Reservation near Eagle Point, then fly westward along the rim of the canyon.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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