Deadly Flight

Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhari, an author and scholar from Farab, Turkestan, famous for writing the highly influential “The Crown of Language and the Correct Arabic” dictionary, is said to have fallen to his death in 1002 while attempting to fly with a pair of homemade wooden wings after jumping off the roof of a mosque in Nishapur, Iran.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

Stolen Glass Panel Led to Death

A man had stolen a glass panel in a corridor on the 33rd floor of an apartment building. Hours later a 1-year-old girl fell from the gap where the glass panel used to be and died, in Shenzhen, China.

Submission by Rik van Doorne.

A man fell to his death at the Grand Canyon while failing to pretend to fall off the railing

In 1992, 38-year-old Greg Austin Gingrich leaped atop the guard wall and wind-milled his arms, playing-acting losing his balance to scare his teenaged daughter, then he comically “fell” off the wall on the canyon side onto a short slope where he assumed he could land safely. As his daughter walked on, trying not to fuel her father’s dangerous antics by paying attention to them, Gingrich missed his footing and fell silently about 400 feet into the void. It took rangers quite a while to locate his body — and to determine that his daughter was an orphan only due to his foolishness.

Tree worker accidentally snipped his own safety line with his chainsaw

A 40-year-old tree worker was hanging from a tree branch attached to a rope, cutting branches with a chainsaw, when he accidentally cut the rope and fell down. He died a day later in hospital.

Submission by Rik van Doorne.

Monkeys killed the Deputy Mayor of Delhi

Surinder Singh Bajwa, the Deputy Mayor of Delhi, India, died after falling from his building’s terrace while trying to fight off attacking Rhesus macaque monkeys.

Man killed while pooping between moving Subway cars

A 31-year-old man had been on a subway train in New York City, defecating between two cars, when he fell on the tracks and was struck by the train to death.

Zorbing death

Denis Burakov, left, via odnoklassniki.ru
Denis Burakov, left, via odnoklassniki.ru

27-year-old Denis Burakov died from injuries he sustained, while his acquaintance Vladimir Shcherbov, 33, was hospitalized in a critical condition after falling from a cliff (1000 m) in Dombay, Russia. The guys were rolling downhill in an orb while participating in ‘zorbing’.

In 2009, a 47-year-old teacher from Check Republic died in a similar accident while rolling downhill at speeds up to 50km/h, near the eastern Czech town of Trinec.

Sheep push woman over edge of cliff

Betty Stobbs, a 67-year-old woman from Durham, England, was killed when a flock of sheep attacked her power bike and pushed her over a 100-foot (30 m) cliff. She survived the fall, only to be crushed by the falling bike.

Rod Hull’s death

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Children’s entertainer Rod Hull died while adjusting the television aerial on the roof of his house. He had been watching a Manchester United European Cup match with his 19-year-old son Oliver. In his attempt to improve reception, he slipped from the roof and fell through an adjoining greenhouse. The 63-year-old entertainer suffered a severe skull fracture and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

Student cut self with beer glass

John Fenzel, a 21-year-old student at the Northern Illinois University, bled to death after being cut by a beer glass. Fenzel had a beer glass in both front pockets, and fell, breaking the glass, which severed an artery in his thigh.

Eric Clapton’s son

Connor Clapton, the 4 year old son of musician Eric Clapton, fell out of an open picture window on the 53rd floor of a New York high-rise apartment. He landed on the roof of an adjacent 4-story building. The large window had been left open by a janitor while cleaning.

Clapton’s grief was expressed in the song “Tears in Heaven”.

Man Who Pretended to Be Blind Died in Ditch

Geoffrey Haywood, 65, was been pretending to be blind to get people to pity him when he went for a walk, fell into a flooded ditch and died near his home in Newport, South Wales after he apparently failed to see the hazard.

Fell to his Death into the Crater of an Active Volcano

A 25 year old Swedish tourist died from falling into the crater of an active volcano on the resort island of Bali in Indonesia.

Leaping Lawyer

Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, fell to his death on July 9, 1993, after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was “unbreakable.” The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame. For his unusual death, Hoy was recognized with a Darwin Award in 1996.

Owner Of Segway Inc., Died In Segway Accident

Jimi Heselden, British owner of the Segway motorized scooter company, was killed when he accidentally drove off a cliff on a Segway at his estate at Thorp Arch near Boston Spa.

Died after Falling on Broken Coffee Mug

Joseph Stoyer, 51, bled to death after tripping and falling with a mug of coffee when he stepped out of his front door in Seaford, Long Island. The mug broke and a 4in (10cm) shard went through his carotoid artery. (The Spokesman-Review, Ocala Star-Banner – Feb 22, 2002)

Molten Metal Death

Allen Wardle, 52, lived for six hours despite suffering 100% burns when he fell into a vat of molten zinc at a factory in Witham, Essex, but died later the same day in hospital.

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’.

Killed by a Temper Tantrum

A 40-year-old wheelchair-bound South Korean man identified as Mr. Lee died after falling down an elevator shaft in Daejon. Lee had failed to enter an elevator in time and, in a rage, rammed the doors with his mobility scooter, breaking them open and falling to his death.

Deadly Landing

Arthur Sexton, 80, drowned after falling off a step ladder and landing upside down in a water butt containing only a couple of feet of water.