- Year of Death: 2009
- Experiment: AVCEN Jetpod Prototype Flying Test
- Cause of Death: Jetpod Crash
Michael Dacre had a really cool idea. What if you could take a taxi to places and avoid the crowded roads? What if you could ride in an affordable flying taxi to make it to your location far faster? He felt that this could be done and it would give people a much faster way to travel between regional cities. The concept made sense and was eventually invented by the Avcen Limited corporation, backed by the Hong Kong-based Profit Sky Group Ltd. They called it the “AVCEN Jetpod.” It went through a lot of different versions, including a vehicle for military transport.
They eventually decided that it made sense as a taxi for regular people. The Flying Taxi could reach up to 340mph and only needed about 137 yards take-off or land. In theory, that could allow runways to be made close to the center of major cities. It was also quiet in sound, unlike regular planes today. Dacre sadly joined the killer science experiments list in August of 2009, when he tested out a prototype of the Jetpod himself. The sole occupant, he attempted to take off three times but on the fourth time, he lifted off. The Jetpod, however, stalled and crashed, killing him.