Because King Minos controlled the land and the sea routes around Crete,there was no route to escape there. However,Daedalus realized that the only way to escape in the Crete was by air,but, only gods can fly. So he nade / wings for himself and for Icarus that is made out of feathers and wax. Before they go off Daedalus warned Icarus to not to go near the sun and sea. they successfully flew from Crete but Icarus was so thrilled and forgot his father's advice . He goes near the sun, his wings soften and melted and he drowned at the sea leading to his death