19 Inventors Who Were Killed by the Things They Invented


Henry Smolinski – killed by his own drivable plane




A graduate of Northrop Institute of Technology’s aeronautical engineering school, Smolinski created a “roadable aircraft” called the Mizar that was based on the design of the Ford Pinto in 1971.  Smolinski was killed during a test flight in 1973 when the right wing strut detached from the body of the vehicle, causing it to crash and killing Smolinski and his passenger.