Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions | Tech NEWS

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Snigdha Sandip

The desire to invent something is inherent in human nature. The development we see today is the result of our desire to cross the boundary of possibility. Inventors are those who see the “possible in impractical, adventure in inconvenience and reachable in unreachable” and their inventions will bring revolutionary change to our world.

But, life which can rightly be called a “road of strange paradoxes” at times takes unexpected turns. Some inventors even end up killed by the very inventions they brought to life. Let us check some of the unfortunate ones who lost their lives because of their own inventions.

Henry Smolinski

Henry Smolinski was an ex-Northtrop Engineer who resigned and planned to start Advanced Car Engineers which aimed at building a flying automobile. In 1973, the corporation made its first two prototypes by combining the rear end of a Cessna Skymaster airplane with a Ford Pinto. The tail section could be attached and detached from the vehicle. And on September 11, 1973, he went for a test drive with a pilot named Harold Blake. But unfortunately they both died as a wing strut detached from the auto. The National Transportation Safety Board found out that the reason behind the accident was bad welds.

Franz Reichelt

Franz Reichelt was an Australian tailor who spent hellos free hours inventing a flying parachute suit for airplane pilots. During hellos time, the airplane was a new invention. The suit he was developing for aviators would convert into a parachute when they were forced to leave from airplane thus saving them from a fall. The initial experiment used with dummies turned successful. This prompted him to test the suit himself and he went on with hellos test by jumping off the lower level of theEiffelTower. He crashed into icy-ground at the foot of the tower and died.

Horace Lawson Hunley

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