Even capturing this image was accidental. After all, the disaster passed, only the pain of the people remained.
Exploration and experience – a pretty innocuous concept that always gives stimulation every time we hear it. In fact, many of us want to have a life filled with experiences, to do everything we like without having to worry about the possible consequences.
However, sometimes that risk can have frightening consequences, even tragic, like what happened in 1970 in Australia with young Keith Sapsford.
That year, the 14-year-old boy shocked the public when he fell off the Japan Air flight, just seconds after it took off. It is worth mentioning that many people at Sydney airport (Australia) have witnessed that painful scene, from the moment his small body fell out until he died.
Tragedy of rebellion age
Tragedy of rebellion age
Keith Sapsford, like everyone else, had a rebellious puberty with a passion for exploration around the world. His parents agreed, always trying to take him to travel as much as he could, but for him it was never enough. On February 21, 1970, Keith decided to leave. He left home, making his own trip.
Keith never really cared about his destination, because he always wanted to feel adventurous, not knowing where fate would lead him. He didn’t bring any money, nor did he have enough papers to be allowed to travel alone without his parents’ sponsorship. So Keith understood that the only way to fly is to sneak.
And that’s exactly what he did. After escaping to the airport runway, he sneaked on the wheels of an airplane preparing to head to Tokyo. He hid in the capital compartment to recover the wheel when the plane took off. However, according to experts, it seems that the boy did not know that in the process of retrieving the wheel, the entire compartment will have to expand to maximum.
Tragedy also comes from here. After reaching a height of 60m, the compartment pops open to retrieve the cake, and Keith is not in time to cling to anywhere. At the same time, photographer John Gilpin was also present to take some pictures of the plane, and he happened to capture the picture full of tragedy.
Act too dangerous and the pain of a loved one
Keith’s flight aboard was practically practically impossible to produce good results. Investigative agencies said that even if Keith did not fall out of the wheel compartment, he would have difficulty surviving, because that compartment would not have enough oxygen to help him sustain his life.
In addition, this compartment is not designed to carry people, so there will be no air conditioning. When the plane was high, the temperature in the cabin would drop very low, possibly freezing him. Or else, he could also be crushed after the wheel retracted to its maximum.
At the same time, Keith’s parents were still busy looking for their children after finding out the boy had been missing for 2 days. By the end of February 21, 1970, the police called to inform them of the tragedy that had occurred. Notably, the police noted that Keith’s father had told the boy to never go anywhere without a specific plan, because it was very dangerous. Even a year ago, he once told Keith about a Spanish boy who died from hiding in an airplane luggage compartment.
No one expected, all those instructions were the premise for the most bizarre tragedy in aviation history