Inventor 'Mad' Mike Hughes Killed In Homemade Rocket Crash
Daredevil inventor and flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has been killed after his homemade rocket was involved in a crash.
Hughes, 64, crashed-landed his steam-powered rocket shortly after take-off in the Californian desert on Saturday 22 February.
The Science Channel, which had been filming the launch attempt as part of a series called Homemade Astronauts, confirmed that Hughes had sadly died in the crash near Barstow, saying in a statement on Twitter: "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."
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 pic.twitter.com/GxwjpVf2md
- Science Channel (@ScienceChannel) February 23, 2020
San 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."
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Footage of the launch posted on social media showed Hughes' rocket ascending into the air before falling to the ground seconds later.
Hughes had wanted to fly 5,000ft into the air in his homemade rocket, which he built for around $18,000 (£14,000), in a bid to prove the Earth is flat.
He previously made headlines in 2018 after launching himself around 1,875ft into the skies, reaching an estimated speed of 350mph before activating his parachute during the stunt.
He said at the time: "I'm tired of people saying I chickened out and didn't build a rocket. I'm tired of that stuff. I manned up and did it.
"Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess. I'll feel it in the morning. I won't be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight."
Seven months after his 2018 mission, Hughes discussed his quest to prove the Earth was flat to CBS News, saying: "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."
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