Michael Hughes “Mad Mike” a popular US daredevil has died, as his attempt to prove that the Earth is flat using a homemade rocket, saw his tragic end.
The stunt by Michael Hughes was being filmed for a Science Channel programme called HomSan Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner public information officer Cindy Bachman said: “A man was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed in the open desert during a rocket launch event.
“Medical aid was staged for the launch and was on scene immediately.”
Mr Michael Hughes had built the rocket with the help of partner Waldo Stakes and the pair were one of three teams featuring in the Science Channel programme Homemade Astronauts.
The attempt over the weekend was not the first time for Michael Hughes, as he had previously taken-off in a homemade rocket in March 2018, reaching a height of 1,875 feet (571m) before what was described as a hard landing. emade Astronauts.
The programme confirmed his death, tweeting: “Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch & Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey.” ket crash in California.
Michael Hughes who went by the moniker “Mad Mike” – was attempting to launch his steam-powered rocket to an altitude of 5,000ft (1,525m) from a site in the desert north-west of Los Angeles but crashed 20 seconds after take-off.
San Bernadino Police Department has not released Mr Hughes’ identity but has confirmed a man had died in a rocket crash at 2pm on Saturday.
Video of the launch shows Mr Hughes’ rocket arc off to the right almost immediately after take-off, with what appears to be the parachute falling away from the craft.
The rocket then plummets nose-first to the ground.
The crash happened in the open desert near Barstow, a town north-west of San Bernadino.
Michael Hughes outlined his quest to prove the Earth was flat to CBS News seven months after his 2018 mission.
He said: “The Flat Earth thing is like everything else to me.
“I just want people to question everything. Question what your congressman is doing, your city council. Question what really happened during the Civil War. What happened during 9/11.”
He said he had built his homemade rocket through “trial and error”, adding: “You don’t get a lot of second chances, though, in the rocket business.”
No official statement yet from the Police to confirm his death as at the time of this report.