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This is a list of notable human fatalities from aviation accidents. "Accident", for the purpose of this list, includes intentional acts.


Note: People who died with their team or band will not be listed here.
Name Nationality Year Notability Flight/Aircraft Location Cause/Circumstances
Aaliyah 2001 actress, singer, model & dancer Cessna 402 Marsh Harbourmarker, Bahamasmarker maximum takeoff weight of airplane substantially exceeded, pilot intoxicated
Michael J. Adams 1967 test pilot X-15 Flight 3-65-97 Randsburg, CAmarker aircraft broke up
Adolf II, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe 1936 royalty Ford Trimotor Zumpango, Mexico Statemarker CFIT into a Volcano
Davey Allison 1993 NASCAR driver Hughes 369 helicopter Talladega, ALmarker pilot error
Hans Alsér 1977 table tennis player Linjeflyg Flight 618 Kälvesta, Swedenmarker mechanical failure; pilot error
Roald Amundsen 1928 explorer Latham 47 Barents Seamarker disappearance
Elsa Andersson 1922 aviator, parachutist Askersundmarker, Swedenmarker Parachute failure
Gunnar Andersson 1974 aviator Medelpadmarker, Swedenmarker
David Angell 2001 producer American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Centermarker North Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Mel Apt 1956 test pilot Bell X-2 Edwards AFBmarker Pilot error
Abdul Salam Arif 1966 President of Iraq helicopter Southern Iraqmarker ???
"Ace" Garnet Bailey 2001 ice hockey player (NHL) United Airlines Flight 175 World Trade Centermarker South Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Valentine Baker 1942 World War I flying ace Martin-Baker MB 3 Englandmarker engine failure
Daniel Balavoine 1986 singer and songwriter Ecureuil helicopter Mali CFIT during a sandstorm
G. M. C. Balayogi 2002 politician Bell 206 helicopter Kaikalur, West Godavari districtmarker mechanical failure, pilot error
Frederick Banting 1941 scientist: co-discovered insulin Lockheed Hudson Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundlandmarker Engine problems
Heinrich Bär 1957 test pilot LF-1 Zaunkönig Braunschweigmarker lost control of aircraft
Silvio Barbato 2009 conductor and composer Air France Flight 447marker Atlantic Oceanmarker unknown; under investigation
Bill Barilko 1951 ice hockey player (NHL) Fairchild 24 floatplane 100 km N of Cochrane, Ontariomarker pilot inexperience, poor weather, overloaded cargo
René Barrientos 1969 President of Boliviamarker helicopter Arquemarker, Cochabamba Departmentmarker rotors got caught on power lines
Charles Bassett 1966 astronaut T-38 Talon St. Louis, Missourimarker poor visibility, pilot error
Tomáš Baťa 1932 founder of Bata Shoes company Junkers F.13 Otrokovicemarker, Czechoslovakiamarker poor weather
Nick Begich 1972 US Congressman from Alaskamarker Cessna 310 southern Alaskamarker disappearance
Derek Bennett 1978 Racing car designer, driver and founder/owner of Chevron Cars Ltd Lancashiremarker Pilot error in a hang glider
Berry Berenson 2001 entertainer, actress, and photographer American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Centermarker North Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Brook Berringer 1996 quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers Piper J-3 Cub Raymond, Nebraskamarker Pilot error (Loss of engine power due to fuel valve mis-position)
Lauren Bessettemarker 1999 sister-in-law of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Piper Saratoga Martha's Vineyardmarker pilot error see John F. Kennedy, Jr. airplane crashmarker
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy 1999 wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Piper Saratoga Martha's Vineyardmarker pilot error see John F. Kennedy, Jr. airplane crashmarker
Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 2000 racing CART driver/owner Beech Baron 58 Kentuckymarker Airframe icing
George Beurling 1948 World War II ace pilot P-51 Mustang Romemarker ???
Neerja Bhanot 1986 flight attendant who saved lives during a hijacking Pan Am Flight 73 Karachi, Pakistanmarker Hijacking
Džemal Bijedić 1977 politician: Premier of Yugoslaviamarker Learjet 25 Kreševomarker poor weather conditions
Muhammad bin Laden 1967 entrepreneur and father of Osama bin Laden a Beechcraft airplane southwestern Saudi Arabiamarker ???
Salem bin Laden 1988 entrepreneur and half-brother of Osama bin Laden a Sprint ultra-light aircraft San Antonio, Texasmarker flew into power lines
Barthélemy Boganda 1959 1st Prime Minister of the Central African Republicmarker Nord Noratlas Boda, Lobayemarker mid-air explosion
Hale Boggs 1972 politician: US Congressman from Louisianamarker Cessna 310 southern Alaskamarker disappearance
Richard Bong 1945 World War II fighter ace and test pilot P-80 Shooting Star Burbank, Californiamarker Pilot error
Billy Joe Booth 1972 Canadian football player for the Ottawa Rough Riders Piper Cherokee Dorchester, Ontario thunderstorm
Bruce Borland 1999 golf course designer Learjet 35 Mina, SD (crash site). Location at time of death undetermined. Hypoxia. Payne Stewart also died in this plane crash.
Subhash Chandra Bose 1945 Indian politician and Freedom fighter Taiwanmarker (alleged) Cause disputed
Ahmed Ould Bouceif 1979 politician: Prime Minister of Mauritaniamarker ??? Dakar, Senegalmarker ???
Michel Breistroff 1996 Ice hockey defenseman for the Ligue Magnus TWA Flight 800marker East Moriches, New Yorkmarker (8mi E) Mid-air explosion
Ron Brown 1996 politician: US Secretary of Commerce Boeing CT-43 Dubrovnikmarker, Croatiamarker pilot errormarker
Milo Burcham 1944 test pilot for Lockheed YP-80 Shooting Star Burbank, Californiamarker engine flame-out
William D. Byron 1941 politician: US Congressman from Marylandmarker Eastern Air Lines Flight 21 Atlanta, Georgiamarker CFIT
Tomas Cabili 1957 politician: Philippine senator Douglas C-47 Skytrain Cebu City, Philippinesmarker (22 mi NW) see: 1957 Cebu Douglas C-47 crash
Fanny Cano 1983 entertainer: actress Aviaco DC-9 Madridmarker collision of Iberia and Aviaco jetliners
Guido Cantelli 1956 orchestral conductor ??? Parismarker, Francemarker ???
Mel Carnahan 2000 politician: Governor of Missourimarker Cessna 335 Goldman, Missourimarker thunderstorm
Bernt Carlsson 1988 Assistant-Secretary-General of the UN, UN Commissioner for Namibia Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbiemarker, Scotlandmarker terrorism
Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington 1948 sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy De Havilland Dove Saint-Bauzile, Ardèchemarker, Francemarker ???
Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark 1937 royalty: Princess of Greece and Denmark Junkers Ju 52 Ostendmarker, Belgiummarker crashed into a factory chimney (Sabena OO-AUB Ostend crash)
Carl Cederström 1918 aviator Gulf of Bothniamarker
Marcel Cerdan 1949 athlete: world boxing champion São Miguel Islandmarker, Azores, Portugalmarker CFIT: mountain
Frank Charles 1939 racer: motorcycle speedway rider glider ??? died in competition
Bill Chase 1974 musician: trumpet player and band leader Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Jackson, Minnesotamarker Poor weather
Néstor Chávez 1969 baseball player (MLB) Viasa Flight 742 Maracaibomarker, Venezuelamarker struck power lines during take-off
Jorge Chávez 1910 aviator ??? Domodossolamarker, Italymarker inadequate repairs to aircraft
Prince Christoph of Hesse 1943 royalty: Prince of Hessemarker ??? Forlìmarker, Italymarker ???
Camilo Cienfuegos 1959 military: Cuban revolutionary Cessna 310 Caribbean Seamarker disappearance
Juan de la Cierva 1936 inventor of the autogyro, on a fixed-wing plane Douglas DC-2 South Londonmarker stalled aircraft
Buddy Clark 1949 entertainer and singer ??? Los Angeles, Californiamarker Pilot error
Roberto Clemente 1972 baseball player (MLB) Douglas DC-7 off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico mechanical problems; overloaded plane
Patsy Cline 1963 entertainer and country singer Piper Comanche Camden, Tennesseemarker severe weather
Bessie Coleman 1926 aviator: first African-American woman pilot Curtiss JN-4 Jacksonville, Floridamarker thrown from aircraft after controls jammed
Bob Collins 2000 entertainer: WGN marker radio personality Waukegan, Illinoismarker runway collision
George W. Collins 1972 politician: US Representative from Illinoismarker United Airlines Flight 553 Chicago, Illinoismarker pilot error
Maurice Connolly 1921 politician: former US Congressman from Iowamarker ??? Indian Head, Marylandmarker severe weather
John Cooper 1974 athlete: silver medalist at the 1964 Summer Olympics Turkish Airlines Flight 981marker Ermenonvillemarker, Francemarker Cargo hatch failure and control cable failures
Cowboy Copas 1963 entertainer and country music singer Piper Comanche Camden, Tennesseemarker severe weather
Philippe Cousteau 1979 oceanographer PBY Catalina Lisbonmarker, Portugalmarker Nosed over during high speed water taxi
Jim Croce 1973 entertainer and singer Beechcraft Model 18 Natchitoches, Louisianamarker collision with trees
Hansie Cronje 2002 athlete: Cricket captain Hawker Siddeley HS 748 George, Western Capemarker, South Africa unserviceable navigational equipment
Scott Crossfield 2006 test pilot Cessna 210 Gordon County, Georgiamarker severe weather
Vicki Cruse 2009 stunt pilot Zivko Edge 540 Silverstone Circuitmarker, Northamptonshiremarker Currently under investigation
Carlos Cruz 1970 athlete: world boxing champion Dominicana DC-9 air disaster Punta Caucedomarker Mechanical failure
Bronson M. Cutting 1935 politician: US Senator from New Mexicomarker TWA Douglas DC-2 Atlanta, Missourimarker bad weather
Adelino Amaro da Costa 1980 politician: Defense minister of Portugal Cessna 421 Louresmarker, Portugalmarker
Marcel Dadi 1996 entertainer and musician TWA Flight 800marker East Moriches, New Yorkmarker (8mi E) Mid-air explosion
Harold Evans Dahl 1956 aviator during the Spanish Civil War Douglas DC-3 Canada severe weather
Donny Davies 1958 cricketer and journalist Munich air disastermarker Munichmarker Take-off failure
Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr. 1946 test pilot de Havilland DH 108 Hoo Peninsulamarker while carrying out high speed tests
John de Havilland 1943 test pilot de Havilland Mosquito Hatfield, England mid-air collision
B. H. DeLay 1923 stunt pilot, airport owner, aviation school owner the "Wasp" Venice, Los Angeles, Californiamarker substandard wing pins
John Denver 1997 entertainer, singer, songwriter, actor Rutan Long-EZ Pacific Grove, Californiamarker aircraft unfamiliarity
Alison Des Forges 2009 investigator of human rights and an expert on the Rwandan genocide Colgan Air Flight 3407marker Clarence Center, New Yorkmarker Icing; pilot error
José Dolhem 1988 race car driver ??? Saint-Etienne ???
Georg Donatus 1937 royalty: Hereditary Grand Duke of Hessemarker ??? Ostendmarker, Belgiummarker crashed into a factory chimney
Jessica Dubroff 1996 aviator: 7-year-old aspiring pilot Cessna 177 Cheyenne, Wyomingmarker thunderstorm
Amelia Earhart 1937 aviator: pioneer woman pilot Lockheed L-10 Electra Pacific Oceanmarker, near Howland Islandmarker unknown
Beverly Eckert 2009 activist: co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee Colgan Air Flight 3407marker Clarence Center, New Yorkmarker Icing; pilot error
Glen Edwards 1948 test pilot, namesake of Edwards AFBmarker Northrop YB-49 Edwards Air Force Basemarker aircraft broke apart
Richard E. Ellsworth 1953 aviator: US Air Force Brigadier General Convair B-36 Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labradormarker CFIT into a hill
Eugene Ely 1911 aviator: pioneer pilot in American naval aviation ??? Macon, Georgiamarker crashed while pulling from a dive
Robert Henry English 1943 military: Rear-Admiral, Commander, Submarines, U.S. Pacific Fleet Pan Am Flight 1104marker near Ukiah, Californiamarker pilot error
Harald Ertl 1982 race car driver of Formula One cars Beechcraft Bonanza ??? engine failure
Philip Don Estridge 1985 project manager for IBM PC Delta Air Lines Flight 191marker Dallas-Fort Worth International Airportmarker Microburst-induced wind shear
Graydon Evans 1943 test pilot for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation Convair prototype Fort Worth, Texasmarker engine fire
Igor Farkhutdinov 2003 politician: governor of Sakhalinmarker helicopter ??? ???
Manuel J. "Pete" Fernandez 1980 aviator: ace pilot in the Korean War ??? Grand Bahama Islandmarker
Denys Finch Hatton 1931 Game Hunter Tiger Moth Voimarker, Kenyamarker
Ron Flockhart 1962 race car driver: 24 Hours of Le Mansmarker winner CAC Mustang Australia ???
James Stephen Fossettmarker 2007 entrepreneur: commodities trader American Champion Decathlon Sierra Nevada Mountains pilot error due to downdrafts resulting in CFIT
Jimmy Franklin 2005 aviator: aerobatic pilot ??? Moose Jawmarker collision with Bobby Younkin
Reinhard Furrer 1995 scientist and astronaut Messerschmitt Bf 108 Berlinmarker lost control of aircraft
Yuri Gagarin 1968 cosmonaut: the first man in space MiG 15UTI
Sanjay Gandhi 1980 son of Indira Gandhi Pitts S-2A Special India
Matthew Gannon 1988 investigator: CIA Officer Pan Am Flight 103
John Garang 2005 politician: Vice President of Sudanmarker Mil Mi-17
Carlos Gardel 1935 singer SACO F-31 Ford Medellin, Colombia Crashed into another aircraft while preparing for takeoff
Tom Gastall 1956 athlete: Major League Baseball player
Harold Geiger 1927 Army Major, aviation pioneer, namesake of Geiger Fieldmarker Airco DH.4 Olmsted Fieldmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker
Bruce Geller 1978 producer and creator of Mission: Impossible Cessna Skymaster Weather conditions
Prince George, Duke of Kent 1942 royalty: Duke of Kent Short Sunderland Scotland CFIT in bad weather
Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai 1997 politician: prime minister of the anti-Taliban government
Stasys Girėnas 1933 aviator
Rolls Gracie 1982 athlete: practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hang gliding accident
Bill Graham 1991 rock concert promoter Bell 206 helicopter Flew into power lines
Richard E. Gray 1982 aviator: test pilot
Keith Green 1982 entertainer: contemporary Christian musician
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten 1947 royalty: Crown Prince of Sweden DC 3 Kastrupmarker, Denmarkmarker Locked elevator, pilot error
Werner Haas 1956 Motorcycle racer "Jodel Bebe" type near Neuburg/Donau, Germany
Juvénal Habyarimana 1994 politician: President of Rwandamarker Assassination of Habyarimana and Ntaryamira
A. P. Hamann 1977 City Manager of San Jose, Californiamarker Tenerife disastermarker Canary Islandsmarker, Spainmarker Airplane collision
Dag Hammarskjöld 1961 Secretary-General of the United Nations Douglas DC-6B Ndolamarker, Zambiamarker
Wal L. Handley 1941 racer of motorcycles
Jim Hardin 1991 athlete: Major League Baseball player Beechcraft Bonanza Key West, Floridamarker Propeller failure
Matthew Harding 1996 Vice-Chairman of Chelsea Football Club a helicopter
Raymond Harries 1950 Second world war fighter ace Gloster Meteor Near Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Harry Hawker 1921 aviator: pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft Nieuport Goshawk
Hawkshaw Hawkins 1963 entertainer: country music singer
John Heinz 1991 politician:US Senator from Pennsylvaniamarker
Brenda Hean 1972 Environmental activist Tiger Moth enroute to Canberramarker vanished
Mack Hellings 1951 racing driver
Graham Hill 1975 Formula 1 driver, winner of the Indianapolis 500marker Piper Aztec Francemarker
Bryan Hindle 1978 Motorcycle racer
John Stuart Hindmarsh 1938 racecar driver and aviator Hawker Hurricane Brooklands
Bert Hinkler 1933 aviator
Steve Hislop 2003 racer: Isle of Man TT winner
Tommy Hitchcock, Jr. 1944 athlete: polo player
Al Holbert 1988 racer: 24 Hours of Le Mansmarker winner Piper PA-60 Ohio State University Airportmarker, Columbus, Ohiomarker
Buddy Holly 1959 singer-songwriter Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC). Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson also died in this plane crash.
Ken Hubbs 1964 athlete: Major League Baseball player
Gary Hubler 2007 aviator and aircraft racer Collision with another plane during the Reno Air Races
Dorothy Hunt 1972 wife of E. Howard Hunt United Airlines Flight 553
Karen Lee Hunt 1988 student of Syracuse Universitymarker Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbiemarker, Scotlandmarker terrorism
Osvaldo Hurtado 1981 President of Ecuador Beechcraft Super King Air Ecuador flew into mountain
Jorge Ibargüengoitia 1983 novelist and playwright Avianca Flight 011marker
Pedro Infante 1957 entertainer: singer and actor
Paul Jeffreys 1988 musician Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbiemarker, Scotlandmarker terrorism
Anna Jantar 1980 entertainer: singer LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
Jayan 1980 entertainer: Malayalam film actor accident whilst performing a film stunt.
Jed Johnson 1996 designer TWA Flight 800marker East Moriches, New York (8mi E) Mid-air explosion
Martin Johnson 1937 adventurer and film producer Western Air Express Flight 7 near Saugus, California CFIT into mountainous terrain
William Kapell 1953 Classical pianist BCPA Flight 304marker near Woodside, Californiamarker CFIT into mountainous terrain
William Kirk Kaynor 1929 US Congressman from Massachusettsmarker
John F. Kennedy, Jr. 1999 son of John F. Kennedy Piper PA-32R Atlantic Oceanmarker off Martha's Vineyardmarker pilot error
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. 1944 older brother of John F. Kennedy B-24 Liberator modified as a flying bomb near Blythburghmarker, Suffolk, England Killed on a combat flight during Operation Aphrodite
Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr. 1958 Korean War ace pilot and test pilot
Charles Kingsford Smith 1935 Australian air pioneer Lockheed Altair
Nile Kinnick 1943 American football player winner of the 1939 Hiesman Trophy F4F Wildcat Training accident off the Carribbean
Giannos Kranidiotis 1999 Greekmarker diplomat and politician. Dassault Falcon 900
Alan Kulwicki 1993 NASCAR driver
Joseph LaMotta 1998 noted chef, son of Jake LaMotta Swissair Flight 111marker
Raymonde de Laroche 1919 first woman to earn a pilot's license
Guadalupe Larriva 2007 Defence minster of Ecuadormarker
Alexander Lebed 2002 Russianmarker politician, governor of Krasnoyarskmarker
Mickey Leland 1989 US Congressman from Texasmarker
Tony Lema 1966 champion golfer
Jim LeRoy 2007
Daniel Lewin 2001 Founder and CTO of Akamai American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Centermarker North Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Cory Lidle 2006 Major League Baseball player Cirrus SR20 New York, NYmarker Pilot error; CFIT
Otto Lilienthal 1896 glider pioneer Normalapparate ("Normal Glider") Stölln, Havelland, Brandenburg, Germany Wing stall
Lin Biao 1971 military commander Hawker Siddeley Trident Öndörkhaanmarker, Mongoliamarker fleeing a coup attempt
Arvid Lindman 1936 Prime Minister of Swedenmarker Croydon Airportmarker, South Londonmarker
Jerry Litton 1976 U.S. Representative from Missourimarker
Ormer Locklear 1920 aerobatic and stunt performer during filming of The Skywayman.
Alfred Lowenstein 1928 Belgian entrepreneur and financier Disappearance over the English Channelmarker
Carole Lombard 1942 actress TWA Flight 3marker
Douglas DC-3
Mount Potosi, Nevada, United States CFIT
Einar Lundborg 1931 aviator Linköpingmarker, Swedenmarker flight show
Ernest Lundeen 1940 US Senator from Minnesotamarker
Pam Lychner 1996 real estate agent & sex offender activist TWA Flight 800marker Mid-air explosion
Nancy Lynn 2006 aerobatic pilot and flight instructor
Mohammadu Maccido 2006 The 19th Sultan of Sokoto ADC Airlines Flight 53; Boeing 737 cause disputed
Samora Machel 1986 President of Mozambiquemarker
Ramón Magsaysay 1957 president of the Philippinesmarker Presidential plane crash: "Mt. Pinatubo"
Jonathan Mann 1998 AIDS researcher and WHO official Swissair Flight 111marker
Paul Mantz 1965 racing and stunt pilot during filming of The Flight of the Phoenix
Rocky Marciano 1969 former world boxing champion
Dean Paul Martin 1987 actor, singer and son of Dean Martin F-15 During manuvers with his Air Force Reserve unit
Eduardo Mata 1995 Mexican orchestra conductor and composer.
Enrico Mattei 1962 President of Eni
Joseph C. McConnell 1954 Korean War ace pilot F-86H Sabre control malfunction attributed to a missing bolt
Larry McDonald 1983 Congressman Korean Air Lines Flight 007marker
Colin McRae 2007 Scottish rally driver
Alan P. Merriam 1980 ethnomusicologist LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
Eve Meyer 1977 actress, Playboy Centerfold June 1955 Pan Am Flight 1736marker; Boeing 747-100 runway collision
George S. Mickelson 1993 Governor of South Dakotamarker
Glenn Miller 1944 musician: Big Band leader Missing
John Purroy Mitchell 1918 former Mayor of New York City
William A. Moffett 1933 US Navy admiral in crash of airship USS Akronmarker
Grace Moore 1947 opera singer
Paul Morgan 2001 British race car engineer and co-founder of Ilmor Engineering Hawker Sea Fury Sywellmarker overturned on landing
de Lesseps Story Morrison 1964 former Mayor of New Orleans
Vic Morrow 1982 actor Helicoptor crash while filming The Twilight Zone movie
Edward Moss 1964 aide of senator Ted Kennedy
Juan Camilo Mouriño 2008 Mexican Secretary of the Interior Learjet 45
Kuniko Mukoda 1981 Japanese writer, mainly television drama Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103
Thurman Munson 1979 Major League Baseball player
Audie Murphy 1971 Medal of Honor Recipient and Actor
Fatma Ceren Necipoğlu 2009 harpist Air France Flight 447marker Atlantic Ocean Unknown; Under investigation
Ricky Nelson 1985 actor and singer
Ginette Neveu 1949 French classical violinist
Grant Notley 1984 politician: leader of the opposition in Alberta
Cyprien Ntaryamira 1994 President of Burundimarker Dassault Falcon 50 His plane was shot down by rebels.
Donald Nutter 1962 Governor of Montanamarker
Barbara Olson 2001 lawyer and commentator American Airlines Flight 77 The Pentagonmarker, Washington, DC hijacking; CFIT
Rafael Osuna 1969 Mexicanmarker tennis player
Renny Ottolina 1978 Venezuelan TV producer and entertainer
Carlos Pace 1977 Formula One driver
Prince Pedro Luís of Orléans-Braganza 2009 Third in succession to the now extinguished throne of Brazil Air France Flight 447marker Atlantic Ocean Unknown; Under investigation
John-Olof Persson 1989 Mayor of Stockholm 1973-76 and 1979-86 Oskarshamnmarker, Swedenmarker
Jerry Pettis 1975 Representative from California
Lionel Poilâne 2002 Frenchmarker baker and entrepreneur
Wiley Post 1935 aviation pioneer Modified Lockheed L-9 Orion Walakpa Bay near Barrow, Alaska Engine Failure. Killed in same crash with Will Rogers
Francis Gary Powers 1977 1960 U-2 incident pilot Modified Bell 206 Jet-Ranger (KNBC News Helicopter) Los Angeles, CA Pilot error
David Purley 1985 Formula One driver Pitts Special
Harald Quandt 1967 industrialist Italy
Edson Queiroz 1982 Brazilian entrepreneur VASP Flight 168
Harriet Quimby 1912 first licensed female pilot in the U.S.
Lotario Rangoni 1942 Italian racing driver
Otis Redding 1967 singer
Jim Reeves 1964 country music singer
Bo Rein 1980 LSU Tigers college football coach
Lance Reventlow 1972 entrepreneur and racecar driver
Randy Rhoads 1982 Guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne
J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson 1959 singer, songwriter, disc jockey Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC). Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens also died in this plane crash.
Jack Ridley 1957 test pilot
Knute Rockne 1931 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football coach TWA Flight 599marker
Stan Rogers 1983 Canadianmarker singer Air Canada Flight 797 Boone County, KYmarker In-flight fire. Made emergency landing in Cincinnati Airportmarker.
Will Rogers 1935 actor, humorist, singer Modified Lockheed L-9 Orion Walakpa Bay near Barrow, Alaska Engine Failure. Killed in same crash with Wiley Post
Jaime Roldós Aguilera 1981 President of Ecuadormarker
Charles Rolls 1910 Co-Founder of Rolls-Royce Motors Modified Short-Wright Flyer Bournemouth, England Tail structural failure.
Hillevi Rombin 1996 Miss Universe 1955, national decathlon private plane Californiamarker, United Statesmarker engine failure
Edvard Rusjan 1911 first Slovene aviator, aircraft constructor
Thierry Sabine 1986 Paris-Dakar rally founder.
Francisco Sá Carneiro 1980 Prime Minister of Portugalmarker Cessna 421
Kyu Sakamoto 1985 singer Japan Airlines Flight 123marker Mount Osutaka, Japanmarker Maintenance error due to structural failure and hydraulic loss
Pablo Santos 2006 Mexican actor
Madhavrao Scindia 2001 Indianmarker politician
Eddie August Schneider 1940 transcontinental record holder
Art Scholl 1986 aerobatic and stunt performer during filming of Top Gun.
Philippa Schuyler 1967 musician
Elliott See 1966 astronaut routine airplane flight with Charles Bassett
Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1944 frenchmarker writer
Thomas Selfridge 1908 First powered airplane fatality. First military pilot to die in related crash. Namesake of Selfridge Fieldmarker Wright Model A Fort Myer, Arlington County, VA Right propeller failure. U.S. Army Signal Corp contract acceptance trial flight piloted by Orville Wright, who was seriously injured.
Wilbur Shaw 1954 three-time Indianapolis 500marker winner
Shin Ki-ha 1997 four term lawmaker and parliamentary leader Korean Air Flight 801marker
Larry Shue 1985 playwright
Władysław Sikorski 1943 Prime Minister of Polandmarker Consolidated Liberator II Sea near Gibraltar
Larkin I. Smith 1989 Congressman from Mississippimarker
Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy 2009 Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Indiamarker Bell 430 Nallamala, India
Samantha Smith 1985 young activist Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808
Robert Smithson 1973 Land art artist
Earl Snell 1947 Governor of Oregon
Soundarya 2004 Kollywood (Tamil) actress
Tun Fuad Stephens 1976 Chief Minister of the state of Sabahmarker, Malaysiamarker GAF Nomad Kota Kinabalumarker, Malaysia
Payne Stewart 1999 champion golfer Learjet 35 Mina, SD (crash site). Location at time of death undetermined. Hypoxia. Bruce Borland also died in this plane crash.
Graeme "Shirley" Strachan 2001 singer, Skyhooks helicopter
Erik Strandmark 1963 actor Trinidad and Tobagomarker
Jud Strunk 1981 singer, songwriter, comedian
Thaddeus C. Sweet 1928 U.S. Congressman from New Yorkmarker. An Army observation plane
Frank Swift 1958 goalkeeper, Manchester City and England, journalist Munich air disastermarker
Frank Tallman 1978 stuntman
Ganapathi Thanikaimoni 1986 Palynologist Pan Am Flight 73
Jacques Thibaud 1953 French classical violinist
Lord Thomson 1930 British Secretary of State for Air R101 disaster
June Thorburn 1967 English actress Iberia Airlines Flight 062marker
(Sud Caravelle)
Blackdown, Sussexmarker, England CFIT
Melanie Thornton 2001 singer, member of La Bouche Crossair Flight 3597marker
Enoch Thulin 1919 aeronautics industry leader, founder of AB Thulinverken Landskronamarker, Swedenmarker
Mike Todd 1958 film producer
Fritz Todt 1942 Nazi official
Rick Tolley 1970 Marshall Universitymarker football head coach
Peter Tomarken 2006 former game show host, Press Your Luck Beechcraft Bonanza A36 engine trouble
Omar Torrijos 1981 Leader of the Panamanianmarker Revolution (President)
John Tower 1991 former US Senator from Texasmarker
Boris Trajkovski 2004 President of Macedoniamarker
Curtis Turner 1970 NASCAR driver
Charles Ulm 1934 Australian air pioneer, made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia
Ritchie Valens 1959 singer Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC). Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson also died in this plane crash.
Nick Vanos 1987 NBA player for the Phoenix Suns Northwest Airlines Flight 255marker Romulus, Michiganmarker Pilot error after take off.
Stevie Ray Vaughan 1990 guitarist and singer
Lothar von Richthofen 1922 World War One ace pilot
Joseph A. Walker 1966 test pilot
John T. Walton 2005 son of Wal-Martmarker founder Sam Walton experimental aircraft
George Welch 1954 American World War II Pearl Harbormarker and test pilot F-100 Super Sabre fighter demonstration flight
Paul Wellstone 2002 US Senator from Minnesotamarker
Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam 1948 8th Earl FitzWilliam De Havilland Dove France
Prince William of Gloucester 1972 Prince of Gloucestermarker
Ernest Willows 1926 Welsh airship pioneer
Orde Wingate 1944 soldier and founder of the Chindits North American B-25 Mitchell India
Steve Wittman 1995 Aircraft designer and builder and air-race pilot
Donald Yenko 1987 Ex-racecar driver and owner/founder of Yenko Chevrolet Cessna 210 landing error
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 1988 President of Pakistanmarker Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Athletic teams

Team Death Year Description of team Flight/Aircraft
Apex Motorsports 2008 five people total: two drivers, Richard Lloyd and David Leslie, a data engineer, and two pilots. 2008 Farnborough plane crashmarker
Cuban national fencing team 1976 all 24 members of the team, trainers and the coach Cubana Flight 455marker
Cal Poly San Luis Obispomarker 1960 16 members of the American football team and six others Cal Poly football team plane crashmarker
Embassy Hill 1975 five people total, including former F1 world champion Graham Hill, driver Tony Brise, and designer Andy Smallman. Piper Aztec
University of Evansvillemarker basketball team 1977 29 players, staff and fans
Hendrick Motorsports 2004 10 people associated with the team, including family, team crew, and pilots 2004 Martinsville plane crashmarker
Iowa State Universitymarker cross country women's team 1985 7 people associated with the team, including 3 runners, 3 coaches/staff, and pilots returning from finishing 2nd place in the NCAA championships
A.C. Torino 1949 18 players, club officials, and journalists Superga air disastermarker
Manchester United 1958 23 people total; including eight footballers: Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, and Billy Whelan; coach Bert Whalley, trainer Tom Curry, and club secretary Walter Crickmer. Munich air disastermarker
Marshall Universitymarker football team 1970 35 players, eight coaches, and 25 boosters Southern Airways Flight 932marker
Oklahoma State Universitymarker 2001 ten people associated with men's basketball team (including two players)
FC Pakhtakor Tashkent 1979 17 players in the air above Dniprodzerzhynskmarker.
Puerto Rico national women's volleyball team 1970 most members of the team
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1956 five players returning from Vancouver Trans-Canada Airways TCA810
Stella Maris College rugby union team 1972 24 of 40 team members Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571marker
Surinamemarker professional football team 1989 fourteen players Surinam Airways Flight PY764marker
Uruguaymarker's rugby union team 1972 24 of 40 team members Andes flight disastermarker
U.S. Olympic boxing team 1980 all team members except for Bobby Czyz, Marvis Frazier and Lee Roy Murphy LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
USAC officials 1978 8 lead officials
U.S. Figure Skating team 1961 all 18 skaters, coaches, and judges Sabena Flight 548
Wichita State Universitymarker football team 1970 31 players, coaches and supporters Wichita State University football team plane crashmarker
Zambia national football team 1993 All 18 footballers, including Efford Chabala and Wisdom Mumba Chansa Gabon air disaster

Musical groups

Name Nationality Death Year Description of Members Flight/Cause of Death
Bar-Kays 1967 Four of six members, including Ronnie Caldwell and Phalon Jones; also killed was soul singer Otis Redding
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1977 lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and back-up singer Cassie Gaines Convair 240 N55VM crashmarker
Mamonas Assassinas 1996 All five members killed
Fanfarekorps Koninklijke Nederlandse Landmacht 1996 23 out of 37 band members of the Royal Netherlands Army Fanfare were killed Herculesramp
Passion Fruit 2001 Two of the Eurodance trio perish; Maria Serrano Serrano and Nathaly(ie) van het Ende Crossair Flight 3597marker


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