DENVER (CBS4) – “The Jet Pack Man” was taken to a Denver hospital Friday morning with a head injury and minor burns after he crashed during a test flight.
The crash happened just before 9:30 a.m. on the 2600 block of West 8th Avenue, just north of Interstate 25 and 6th Avenue. Authorities said the man fell from an unknown height after the jet pack malfunctioned.
Troy Widgery, CEO of the company Jet Pack International, told CBS4 the pilot was Nick Macomber, who has lots of experience in the air. Widgery said he wasn’t wearing a helmet during Friday’s test flight and that the crash happened during the landing process.
“He should’ve 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 obviously would have been wearing a helmet but he was just going 10 feet off the ground,” Widgery said.
Macomber, 27, appeared in a report on CBS This Morning last summer talking about how he got the nickname The Jet Pack Man. Among his approximately 600 flights, he has flown over the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver and flown for crowds inside stadiums.
Macomber was initially taken to Denver Health Medical Center. After medical staff stabilized his injuries he was then transferred to the burn unit at University Hospital.
Officials with the FAA were set to investigate the crash.
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DENVER - A jet pack test flight crashed Friday morning injuring the pilot.
Troy Widgery, the CEO of Jetpack International, told Denver7 that 27-year-old Nick Macomber had made some modifications to the jet pack and was doing a test flight in a lot off 8th Avenue and Canosa Court.
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.
Macomber was taken to the hospital. Denver police said he is in stable condition.
"He's (Macomber) going to be fine. He has some burns and he'll be fine," Widgery said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
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