Jetpod Flying Taxi Creator Falls to His Death Testing Prototype

We've been all about the air lately, but sometimes we just forget what some do to give us our future areo technology. The inventor of the Jetpod flying taxi, Michael Robert Dacre, died yesterday while testing his latest twin-engine aircraft.

Crashing in Taiping, Dacre died on his fourth run. According to a witness, the jet shot up about 200 meters into the sky before veering to the left and crashing into flames.

I'm gonna say that this, while an incredible tragedy, is going to set back the plans to have the eight-seat flying taxi ready by 2010. [The Star via Engadget]