The Boy Who Fell Out of a Japan Airlines Jet

Keith Sapsford falls from the wheel well of a plane in 1970. John Gilpin was testing out his camera when he accidentally caught the 14-year-old stowaway’s fall. Photo via gothic.life
Keith Sapsford falls from the wheel well of a plane in 1970. John Gilpin was testing out his camera when he accidentally caught the 14-year-old stowaway’s fall. Photo via gothic.life

Keith Sapsford, a 14-year-old boy from Australia, died when he fell 200 ft. out of the wheel-well of a DC-8 owned by Japan Airlines as it took off from Sydney, Australia on a flight to Tokyo, Japan. Sapsford had apparently entered the plane’s wheel-well in an attempt to stowaway on the flight, but died only moments after takeoff when the angle of the wheel-well shifted as the plane ascended. John Gilpin, an Australian photographer, was taking photos of planes taking off from that airport on the same day and inadvertently snapped a photo of Sapsford in mid-air as he was falling. Gilpin did not see this as he snapped the photo and instead only discovered this a week later after he got his film developed.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

Deadly Shopping Cart Ride

 Photo: Peter Rae
Photo: Peter Rae

Robin Wahlgren, 28, a Swedish student at the University of New South Wales and his Swedish friend rode a shopping cart down a steep road in Randwick, Sydney with a speed limit of 60 km/h, reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h before hitting an oncoming car and getting flung out of the trolley. He died at the scene while his friend was seriously injured. It was labelled as a “freak accident”.

Girl died after kangaroo smashed through car windshield

Six-year-old Mia Quinnell died after a kangaroo crashed through the front windshield of the car she was in, in Queensland, Australia.

Submission by Rik van Doorne. Thank you.

Strangled by burkha

A 24-year-old Muslim woman was driving a go-kart wearing a burkha. A part of the burkha tangled up in a wheel and she was strangled to death.

Submission by Rik van Doorne.

Victim of Planking

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Acton Beale, 20, died after falling from a balcony in Brisbane, Australia, the only person known to have died while participating in a fad known as ‘planking’.

Multiple Gunshot Suicide

In February 1995, a man committed suicide on parkland in Canberra, Australia. He took a pump action shotgun and shot himself in the chest. The load passed through the chest without hitting a rib, and went out the other side. He then walked fifteen meters, reloaded, leaned the shotgun against his throat, and shot his throat and part of his jaw. He then reloaded, walked 136 meters to a hill slope, lay down on the slope, held the gun against his chest with his hands and operated the trigger with his toes. This shot entered the thoracic cavity and demolished the heart, killing him.