A Leap of Fate or Just Stupidity

by J-Stacknik

Point Imperial, the highest point of the Grand Canyon, is 6600 feet, above the Colorado River.

How can a place known for it beauty and majesty be a harbinger for death. The Grand Canyon is visited yearly by over 4 million people and many people die there each year. No real average number is given, it is a small ratio, but in most cases these deaths could have been avoided.

In one case a man was trying to frighten his daughter by jumping back onto a hidden ledge but because of momentum he ended up missing his mark and plunged to his death. In another case a hiker became dehydrated, confused and then lost.

Two men were killed while showing off for tourist cameras jumping between rock ledges, one of them had to be rescued before for the same stunt. A daredevil driver plunged to his death after swan diving from 196 feet into 12 feet of water.

Suicides, mishaps, carelessness, freak accidents, venomous critters, murders, death in the Canyon comes in many forms. Heart attacks, flash floods, lightning strikes and Colorado River drownings are some of the other causes of death in the Canyon.

In 1956 the Grand Canyon was the site of the deadliest commercial aviation disaster in history at the time. A TWA Lockheed Super Constellation and a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 collided approximately 90 minutes after taking off from Los Angeles International Airport, within 3 minutes of each other, above the canyon. All 128 passengers and crew members aboard both planes died.

All together since 1870 there have been about 600 deaths at the canyon, these are accounted for deaths, there are some that are still unknown. The Grand Canyon will continue to draw tourists after all it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and these tourists should take heed and respect the environment they are in.

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