10 STUNTS GONE WRONG (Graphic!)
In this viewer suggested video, we’re going to look at 10 daredevil stunts gone wrong! Adrenaline can sometimes get the best of us, forcing us to do things that may be highly detrimental to our health. Daredevils and stuntmen live for the adrenaline rush, but the stunts they perform don’t always end with a perfect landing. In this installment from Top10Archive, we are going to visit some of the most death defying stunts that, well, either didn’t defy death or came very close to a brutal end. As a warning, the images and/or videos you are about to see may not be suitable for all audiences.
Charles Stephens Ill-Fated Niagara Falls Barrel Ride
Niagara Falls is a thing of beauty that should be admired from afar, but that doesn’t stop the occasional daredevil from tempting fate and utilizing the majestic water feature in an adrenaline filled stunt. On June 11th, 1920, Charles Stephens wanted to ride inside a barrel down the Niagara River over the Horseshoe Falls. With straps attached to his arms for security and an anvil strapped to his feet to help steer, Stephens took a safe 40 minute barrel ride from Snyder’s Point to the edge of the falls. Once over the brink of the fall, though, tragedy struck. The force of the barrel striking the base of the falls caused the anvil to propel through the bottom of the barrel, leading Stephens to his death. One arm remained attached to the strap, which was all that authorities ever found of Charles after the accident.
Evel Knieval Snake River Canyon Jum
He is one of the world’s most well known daredevils, but even the greatest must fall at some point. Knieval’s jump at Snake River in September of 1974 could have been a career defining moment, but a malfunction in the parachute ruined the entire jump. Knieval jumped the canyon in a rocket powered Skycycle, but amidst the launch the parachute prematurely opened, reducing the cycle’s speed drastically. The stuntman suffered only minor injuries in a landing next to Snake River, but had he and the cycle landed in the river, it’s believed a malfunction in his harness would have caused him to drown.
Jane Wicker’s Wing Walking
To some, flying is one of the most terrifying things they will do in their lives; to others, there needs to be a little more thrill to it. For Jane Wicker, there wasn’t enough thrill to flying, so she turned to the daredevil act of Wing Walking. On June 22nd, 2013 at the Vectren Air Show in Ohio, Wicker mounted the wings of a plane without a harness or parachute as she had done many times before. In mid-flight, Wicker climbed onto the wings of the plane just before the plane fell from the sky and barrel-rolled back to the ground. Wicker and her pilot, Charlie Schwenker were both killed on impact.
Samuel Koch on “Wetten, Dass?”
On the German game show “Wetten, Dass?” – or “Want to Bet?” – stuntman Samuel Koch wanted to impress the masses on live television. Equipped with spring stilts that would allow him to jump fairly higher than normal, Koch prepared himself to leap over 5 moving vehicles. On a straightaway in the studio, Koch lined himself up with cars of different sizes, jumping at the right moment to clear the vehicle and remain safe. On his third car, Koch was able to clear it, but the landing was less than safe. After clearing the car, Koch slammed to the ground face first and sustained injuries that would leave him paralyzed.
Gary Wells’ Las Vegas Leap
Sin City, a city where anything can happen. Anything from strokes of blind luck to disastrous feats. For daredevil motorcyclist Gary Wells, Las Vegas will always be remembered for September 15th, 1980, when Wells attempted a jump over the fountains at Caesar’s Palace. During a taping of “That’s Incredible!”, Wells made the jump over the fountains but missed the landing ramp, sending him colliding into a solid concrete wall. Though Wells probably should have died, he lived through the crash, suffering injuries that he would fully recover from.
Ken Carter Rocket Car Jump
Ken Carter, former stuntman and friend to Kenny Powers, apparently learned nothing of his fellow daredevil’s misfortunes. In September of 1983, Ken Carter was attempting to break his world record of a 56.7 meter ramp-to-ramp jump. At the Westgate Speedway, Carter had two ramps set up approximately 197 feet or 60 meters apart. Strapped into a rocket-powered 1982 Pontiac Firebird, Carter jumped the first ramp, completely clearing the second ramp and landed 30 meters from his intended point. In flight, the car flipped over and landed on its roof, killing Carter on impact.
Pavel Kashin’s Final Jump
All it takes for a stunt to fail is one mishap or an unsteady landing. In the case of Pavel Kashin, a Russian free-runner, it was a simple case of losing balance. Pavel’s stunt would have him backflip off of a wall next to a 160 feet or 49 meter drop, the intent being that he would land safely next to the ledge. Pavel executed the backflip, but trouble reared its head on his landing. According to witnesses, Pavel lost his balance when he landed, causing him to stumble over the ledge and fall to his death.
Kenny Powers Backbreaking Leap
In October of 1976, Kenny Powers sought to clear the Saint Lawrence River in Ontario. The jump, originally planned to be made by fellow stuntman Ken Carter, would prove to be career changing. Geared up in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental, Powers cleared the ramp in the speeding vehicle; but things took a turn for the worst the moment he was airborne. Pieces of the Continental flew everywhere as the parachute opened and flapped around in the breeze. It was clear that he wasn’t going to make the jump, as Powers and his vehicle came crashing into the river. Powers suffered a broken back and other severe injuries but would live to tell his tale.
Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show Death
April 25th, 2011. Residents of Detling, Kent in England had gathered at the Kent County Showground for Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show. One telling attraction was to be the Human Cannonball, an act that would have a human being thrusted out of an oversized cannon. The intent is to have said cannonball land safely in a net, but since the stunt’s inception in the 1870s, that’s not always the case. During this particular incident, the cannonball, Matt Cranch, was launched successfully, but as he made his descent, the safety net that was meant to catch him suddenly collapsed. From the height of 50 feet, or 15 meters, Cranch plummeted to the ground, suffering fatal injuries on impact.
Kyle Lee Stocking Pendulum Stunt
Corona Arch, near Moab, Grand County, Utah, is a large rock formation that became the focus of popularity in 2013 when a 22-year old Utah man attempted to swing through an opening in a 110-foot-tall arch. Kyle Lee Stocking’s fatal mistake left him with too much slack in his rope, which caused him to plummet to the bottom of the arch rather than swing between the opening. Stocking’s death was so influential and striking that commercial outfitters have banned the daredevil act of “Pendulum” swinging.