Time Capsule: Feb 1970, Kid Falls From Plane [Pic]

Submitted by: piperfawn 6 years ago in

14-year-old Keith Sapsford hid in a plane"s wheel well and fell out during take off. An amateur photog took the pic.
There are 48 comments:
Male 113
"Hey look a kid is falling out of that plane right now up there in the sky. I guess I will take my camera out, point up there, and take a picture. Thankfully I reacted so fast as to deny the laws of time and gravity."
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Male 562
Just so some guy wouldn`t touch his junk. Homophoebe got John Doe`d!
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Male 312
Pre-Darwin Award, Darwin Award Winner

or something... you get the gist of it, he`s a moron.
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Female 515
Thanks for the explanation of the wheels...I was totally seeing it backwards. Lol
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Male 625
From wiki:
In 1970, Keith Sapsford, a 14-year-old boy, died after falling from the wheel-well of a Tokyo-bound Japan Air Lines DC-8 taking off from the Kingsford Smith Airport at Sydney, Australia.

Here`s a link to the Australian newspaper that reported on it. Page 7, but google indexed it at page 4 (next to the Sydney water board loan ad)

Long story short: yeah, he died
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Female 2,695
@flexus this actually happened in north carolina somewhat recently, i have no clue how, though
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Female 2
Here is the link where it happened in Charlotte, NC recently.
Here
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Female 2
Believe it or not a kid in Charlotte, NC airport JUST did this in the past week. They weren`t sure how he got past security either.
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Male 407
How?
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Male 768
Did he died?
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Male 50
not sure this could happen these days with the increased security around airports, but when i worked airside at heathrow in the early 90`s i know of more than one case of people who had frozen to death in the wheel well of arriving aircraft
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Female 1,435
ah an early picture of easyjet planes. no seats? just grab on to any part of the plane and hope you can make it the whole flight, good luck holding on to your luggage too.
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Female 2,027
ouch
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Male 588
Imagine the mark he would do on the driveway!
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Male 90
@FeelTheRide can you see the third window from left? The rear wheels are positioned below that. It can be seen in the pic too. The plane is moving atleast 150 -180 mph, thats why he is far from the wheels.
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Female 515
did anyone else notice how far behind him the wheels are?? Unless he was hiding in the front wheel well...me thinks fake...where is the article? If it`s already posted sorry...too lazy to look at old posts :)
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Female 631
"Did he die?"

since a passenger jet needs to be moving at atleast 150mph to take off.
i`m gonna say...

yes.
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Male 1,010
Commandoooaaa!!
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Male 151
Twilight Zone moment, "There is some-thing on the wing!!"
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Male 3,365
Something like this happened just a year or two ago...I belive it was a flight from here (Florida) to Michigan.
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Male 2
Did he die?
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Male 4,793
"thats not a timecapsule "

You`re not a time capsule.
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Male 38,989
Gerry1of1: [quote]"He was a guy trying to escape Cuba by hiding in the wheel well. [sic] He was so frozen when the wheels opened he couldn`t hold on.... SPLAT!" [/quote]

FancyLad: [quote]"Gerry1of1, there have been a few stowaway stories. I`ve heard about the one you`re referring to as well. I guess it happens a lot." [/quote]

I guess he should`a taken the raft like all the other cubans.
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Male 3,745
handi are you telling us that you got a boner from this? >.>
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Male 2,112
I may be bored but I`m not classless.
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Male 2,112
Bad internet, bad, bad.....(why is this tragedy sensationalized, so that SOMEONE gets a weird woodie???)
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Male 2,855
thats not a timecapsule
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Male 1
@LionHeart-72

No, the whole aircraft is not pressurized. From nearly the front of the fuselage to the rear pressure bulkhead is, however the empennage, wings and undercarriage bays are not.
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Male 3,475
wiki says he fell 200 feet to his death.
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Male 2,893
Wheeeeeeeeee!!!
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Male 286
thats pretty unreal
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Male 521
@a1butcher

Agreed. Standard temperatures at 35K feet (common cruising altitude for many commercial aircraft) is around -55 F. The landing compartment is pressurized (actually the entire craft has to be or it would be HELL on the external body panel rivets) but it wouldn`t have done him much good. There is no suplimental oxygen provided in that compartment and is far to thin to sustain life at that alt. He`d get cold, pass out, and just slip away.

If you want to sneak into an airplane, you`re going to hae find a way to climb into somebodies luggage or pull a move from a 1990 spy movie in which you change cloths with a flight attendant (don`t worry if they weren`t they same size as you- the cloths always fit in the movies.)
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Male 1,440
I guess when you take an airplane, you always pay, ALWAYS.
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Male 20,501
Gerry1of1, there have been a few stowaway stories. I`ve heard about the one you`re referring to as well. I guess it happens a lot.
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Male 17,512
Sadly he did not survive the 200 foot drop.

Link
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Male 38,989

If I recall the story . . . he wasn`t a kid. He was a guy trying to escape Cuba by hiding in the wheel well.

The flight made it, but he was so frozen when the wheels opened he couldn`t hold on.... SPLAT!
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Male 2,962
Guess he really was a sap.
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Female 73
that f-ckin sucks. poor stupid kid...
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Male 4,807
Better than freezing to death in total darkness with almost no oxygen, I guess.... on second thought, naaahh
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Male 569
@freddyferret

....YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
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Male 25,417
That is horrible to see, but as bad as all the blue titles on IAB atm
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Male 2,085
Wow, talk about a major fail.
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Male 3,745
oops
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Male 408
cool
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Male 633
Hope HIS landing gear was functioning propperly.
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Male 11,739
I`ll bet that left a mark......on the runway.
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Male 3,619
i do not understand this post.
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Male 5,123
Link: Time Capsule: Feb 1970, Kid Falls From Plane [Pic] [Rate Link] - 14-year-old Keith Sapsford hid in a plane`s wheel well and fell out during take off. An amateur photog took the pic.
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