An infamous photograph from 1970 shows Keith Sapsford falling from a departing plane. On February 22 of that year, 14-year-old Keith Sapsford, a resident of Sydney, Australia's Randwick suburb, climbed into the wheel well of a Tokyo-bound Douglas DC-8. This was the last decision he ever made.
As the plane lifted off, Keith Sapsford fell from the wheel well and plunged some 200 feet onto the tarmac below. He didn't survive. An amateur photographer who happened to be taking photos at the airport that day captured the dramatic image of Keith Sapsford falling from the plane, immortalizing a tragedy that many still remember today.
Though the photo doesn't show Keith Sapsford's face, it nonetheless captures his last moments with chilling clarity. But what was his story, and how did he come to meet such an untimely end?
Keith Was A 'Wanderer' From An Early Age
Keith's Parents Sent Him To Boys' Town To Curb His Restless Spirit
Months Prior To Keith's Death, His Father Warned Him About The Dangers Of Sneaking Onto Planes
Wheel-Well Stowaways Are Unlikely To Survive For Several Reasons
Keith Snuck Aboard A Tokyo-Bound Flight At The Sydney Airport
Keith Fell To His Death Within Minutes Of Takeoff