A flying car the same model as the one developed by the Florida Christian missionary group Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-TEC) crashed in Marion County, Florida Tuesday, injuring two people.
The pilot, 49, and the passenger, who is in his twenties both suffered injuries and were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. The pilot was taken to the hospital as a "trauma alert" while the passenger did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
I-TEC originally developed the flying car model, called the Maverick, to help missionaries travel to remote areas of the world. However this is the third reported incident of a Maverick crashing in two years. Another incident occurred in 2012 and yet another happened in 2013.
“We are in the process of training a member of our team from Ecuador so that he can take a Maverick to Ecuador for field testing in multiple environments,” Saint said. “We also have plans to get the Maverick into Africa and Southeast Asia," Jaime Saint of I-TEC said.
Saint identified one scenario in which the Maverick could be useful: “When there is a snakebite or need for medicine, a four or eight-hour hike might cause the treatment to arrive too late, while a four-to-eight-minute flight can save a life,” Saint said.
“There are many places in the world where either the roads are not dependable or that are beyond roads. This is the environment for which the Maverick was developed," he said.
The flying car, powered by a parachute, can fly 40 mph and reach up to 100 mph on the ground while it's capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds, Fox News reported.
Check out the video to see the Maverick in action:
(H/T: Orlando Sentinel)
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