Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

A 14 year old boy falls out of the wheel-well of an airliner as it takes off, 1970

A 14-year old stowaway, Keith Sapsford, falls 200 feet to his death from the landing gear bay. From Ask the Pilot:

I recalled a remarkable photograph I’d seen as a teenager depicting a young boy falling to his death from the landing gear bay of a Japan Air Lines DC-8. The picture would have been taken in the late 1960s or early ’70s. I remembered it vividly, but hadn’t seen it in more than 20 years. After much searching, I’ve finally managed to locate a copy online, viewable here. As the caption explains, John Gilpin, an amateur photographer, was trying out a new camera lens at the airport in Sydney, Australia, when he unwittingly captured the deadly fall of 14-year-old Keith Sapsford, who had sneaked into the undercarriage well in hopes of reaching Japan.

See here as well.

3 responses

  1. that is memorable.
    ~ Eric

    December 21, 2013 at 3:04 am

  2. Wow, I had never seent his.

    December 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm

  3. Hey very interesting blog!

    January 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm

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