BARSTOW, Calif. — A self-styled daredevil died Saturday after a rocket wherein he launched himself crashed into the bottom, a colleague and a witness mentioned.

“Mad Mike” Hughes died after the selfmade rocket crashed on personal property close to Barstow about 1:52 p.m. close to Freeway 247, the Day by day Press of Victorville reported.

Waldo Stakes, a colleague who was on the rocket launch, mentioned Hughes, 64, was killed.

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“It was unsuccessful, and he handed away,” Stakes instructed The Related Press. He declined additional remark.

Justin Chapman, a contract journalist, instructed the AP that he and his spouse witnessed the crash.

The rocket appeared to rub towards the launch equipment, which could have torn the parachutes connected to it, Chapman mentioned.

The rocket got here straight down into the bottom, Chapman mentioned.

Based on a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division assertion, deputies had been known as to the occasion.

“A person was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed within the open desert throughout a rocket launch occasion,” the assertion mentioned. The sheriff’s division didn’t establish the one who died.

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In March 2018, Hughes, who believed the Earth is flat, propelled himself about 1,875 ft into the air earlier than a tough touchdown within the Mojave Desert.

“My story actually is unbelievable,” Hughes instructed the AP on the time. “It’s obtained a bunch of story strains — the garage-built factor. I’m an older man. It’s out in the midst of nowhere, plus the Flat Earth. The issue is it brings out all of the nuts additionally, folks questioning all the things. It’s the draw back of all this.”