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.