Micheal Dacre Dies Testing His Own AVCEN Jet Pod Flying Taxi
The aviation entrepreneur, aged 53, died when the prototype aircraft crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off from a landing strip in the northern town of Taiping according to Malaysian police.
Mr Dacre was an inventor and the managing director of British-based Avcen Ltd. The company planned to have the “Jetpod” eight-seater flying taxi in production by 2010 – I was hoping that it could be the official Olympic transport.
Local newspapers quoted witnesses as saying that the aircraft attempted to take off several times before soaring into the sky and then abruptly veering to the left and crashing to the ground.
Dacre had said he hoped the Jetpod would transform inner-city transport, shuttling communters into short urban landing strips.