Balloonfest ’86 was a 1986 event in which the United Way of Cleveland in Ohio set a world record by releasing almost one and a half million balloons. The event was intended to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt, but the balloons drifted back over the city, Lake Erie and land in the surrounding area, and caused problems for traffic and a nearby airport. The event also interfered with a United States Coast Guard search for two boaters who were later found drowned.
In 2014 French pro skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit crashed his car in Tignes, France, while attempting to break the world record for longest car ramp jump. Chicherit, 35, walked away from the crash but was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Éric Barone is a French sportsman who holds the world speed record for bicycle on gravel, after reaching 107 mph at the Cerro Negro volcano, in Nicaragua, on 12 May 2002. He rode 1,300 ft and just after the computers had registered 107 mph, the front bicycle fork broke off and he tumbled down the hill. The helmet saved his life, but he had several broken ribs and other injuries.
In 2014 a German skydiver died during an attempt to set a world record by having more than 220 people freefall from an plane in formation. Diana Paris’s body was found between a half-mile and mile from the drop zone in the Arizona desert. She was 46-year-old.
Sailendra Nath Roy was an Indian man who registered his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the farthest distance travelled on a zip wire using hair. He died on 28 April 2013, while trying to beat his own record. He suffered a heart attack after his ponytail became stuck in the wheeler of the rope halfway through the stunt and he was left hanging in midair for about 25 minutes. Nath Roy was 49 years old.