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'Mad' Mike Hughes dies after crash-landing homemade rocket

February 24, 2020 1:13 pm
A US daredevil pilot has been killed during an attempted launch of a homemade rocket in the Californian desert. [Source: Flipboard]

A US daredevil pilot has been killed during an attempted launch of a homemade rocket in the Californian desert.

“Mad” Mike Hughes, crash-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off near Barstow on Saturday.

A video on social media shows a rocket being fired into the sky before plummeting to the ground nearby.

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Hughes was well-known for his belief that the Earth was flat. He hoped to prove his theory by going to space.

In the video of the launch, a parachute can be seen trailing behind the rocket, apparently deployed too early, seconds after take-off.

The daredevil, who lived in Apple Valley, made headlines internationally when he announced his intention to prove his theory that the Earth was flat.

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