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    Famous People Who Died in Plane Crashes (extensive list from 1950 to present)

    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Mar 28, 1950 Laurence Steinhart
    57, U.S. ambassador
    Ramsayville, Ontario, Canada Douglas C-47 Crashed in flames in a snow covered field. Enigne failure. 5 killed. One crew member parachuted to safetly.
    Aug 26, 1951 Bill Barilko
    24, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player
    Near Cochrane, Ontario, Canada Fairchild 24 Crashed while returning from a fishing trip at James Bay with friend Henry Hudson. Wreckage found 11 years later on June 6, 1962. 2 killed
    Jan 22, 1952 Robert PorterPatterson
    60, Secretary of War under President Roosevelt
    Elizabeth, New Jersey American Airlines
    Flight 6780
    Convair 240-0
    N94229
    cn:054
    Crashed into an apartment building during the approach. Official cause unknown. Possibly carburetor icing. All 23 aboard killed including 7 on the ground. details in
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    Mar 18, 1953
    04:10
    Richard E. Ellsworth
    42, Brigadier General who Ellsworth Air Force Base is named after
    Trinity Bay, Newfoundland Convair RB-36H Peacemaker Flew into a hill while on a training mission from Lajes, Azores to Rapid City, South Dakota, All 23 aboard killed.
    Sep 1, 1953 Jacques Thibaud
    72, French Violinist
    Near Barcelonette, France Air France.
    Lockheed 749C Constellation
    F-BAZZ cn: 2674
    Flew into Mt. Cemet in the French Alps. All 42 aboard killed. details in
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    Oct 29, 1953 William Kapell
    31, American pianist
    Near Half Moon Bay, California British Com.
    Flight 304
    Pacific AL
    Douglas DC-6
    VH-BPE cn:43125
    Crashed while on approach to SF airport. Pilot error. Crew failed to follow prescribed procedures for a instrument approach. All 19 aboard killed. details in
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    Nov 30, 1953 Kimber "Kim" Sigler
    59, Former Governor of Michigan
    Battle Creek, Michigan Beechcraft Bonanza Crashed into a TV broadcast tower in fog while piloting his plane. All 4 aboard killed.
    Jan 10, 1954
    09:30
    Reginald "Chester" Wilmot
    42, Australian broadcaster, correspondent
    Elba, Italy de Havilland DH106 Comet
    G-AlYP
    cn:06003
    Broke up in midair due to a design flaw. All 35 people aboard killed.
    Jan 10, 1954
    18:00
    Thomas E. Braniff
    71, Co-founder of Braniff Airways
    Shreveport, Louisiana Grummand amphibian While on a hunting trip his plane crashed into a house on the shore of Lake Wallace shortly after taking off. Icing. All 12 aboard killed.
    Jun 30, 1954 R.W. Blackwood
    32
    Bill Lyles
    33, gospel singers in the Blackwood Brothers Quartet
    Clanton, Alabama Beech 18 During a practice landing the plane aborted the landing, stalled and dove into the ground. Blackwood who was piloting the plane forgot to re-trim the tabs from landing to takeoff. All 3 aboard killed.
    Jul 1, 1954 John McBride
    Alabama halfback
    Kelly Air Force Base, Texas Army trainer Killed in an ROTC training flight. 2 killed.
    Oct 30, 1954 Wilbur Shaw
    52, president Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Decatur, Indiana Cessna Crashed into a corn field and broke into pieces. All 3 aboard killed.
    Jul 31, 1955 Robert Francis
    25, Actor
    Burbank, California Beechcraft Bonanza The plane landed and then took off. The engine sputtered and the plane stalled and spun into the ground, bursting into flames. All 3 aboard killed. Appeared in the Caine Mutiny.
    Sep 20, 1956
    18:21
    Thomas Gastall
    23, baseball player, Baltimore Orioles catcher
    Riviera Beach, Maryland Aerocoupe The last message received from the plane was Gastall was trying to make an emergency crash landing into Chesapeake Bay. His body was found 5 days later. 1 killed.
    Nov 24, 1956 Guido Cantelli
    36, orchestra and opera conductor
    Paris, France Linee Aeree Italiane
    Douglas DC-6B
    I-LEAD cn:45075
    Crashed during takeoff. Cause undetermined. 34 of 35 aboard killed. details in
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    Nov 27, 1956 Charlie Peete
    27, baseball player, St. Louis Cardinal outfielder
    Cevilla, Venezuela Linea Aeropostal Venezolana
    Lockheed
    Constellation
    Fight 253
    YV-C-AMA
    Crashed into a 6,700 ft. mountain while on approach. Peete was on his way to play winter ball in Venezuela. All 25 aboard killed.
    Dec 9, 1956
    19:15
    Gordon Sturtridge, Mel Becket, Ray Syrnyk, Mario DeMarco, Calvin Jones
    Canadian football players
    Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada Trans Canada Air Lines
    Canadair DC-4M-2 Northstar
    Flight 810-9
    CF-TFD
    cn: 128
    The plane crashed into Mount Slesse after an engine caught fire and the plane experienced severe icing and turbulence. Five members of the Canadian Football League, returning from an all star game, were killed. Wreckage not found until May 10, 1957.
    Jan 31, 1957
    11:18
    Archie Twitchell
    50, test pilot / actor
    Sunland, California Douglas Aircraft
    N8210H
    cn: 45192
    Doublas DC-7B
    Twitchell, a test pilot for Douglas Aircraft, was killed when the plane he was copiloting crashed and burned on it's first test flight after a midair collision with a U.S. Air Force jet fighter. Twitchell was also an accomplished actor. All 5 aboard the plane, 1 of 2 aboard the jet and 3 on the ground killed. details in
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    Mar 17, 1957 Ramon Magsaysay
    50, president of the Philippines
    Cebu, Philippines Philippine Air Force
    Douglas C-47
    Crashed into Mt. Manunggal while on a campaign tour for reelection. All 24 aboard killed. details in
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    Apr 15, 1957
    07:47
    Pedro Infante Cruz
    39, Mexican actor, singer
    Merida, Mexico TAMSA
    B-24 Liberator
    XA-KUN
    An engine failed on takeoff, causing the plane to spiral to the ground killing 2 on the ground as well as all occupants on the plane. Infante was co-piloting the plane. All 3 aboard killed.
    Feb 6, 1958
    14:17
    Manchester United football team Munich, Germany British European Airways
    Flight 609
    Amb. A5-57
    G-ALZU
    cn:5217
    Unable to gain altitude, crashed at the end of the runway in a snowstorm. Controversy as to if the cause was ice on the wings or drag from slush on the runway. 23 of 44 aboard killed. 8 team members killed.

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    Mar 22, 1958
    02:05
    Mike Todd
    49, film director and producer
    Art Cohn
    50, screenwriter
    Grants, New Mexico Lockheed Loadstar
    N300E
    cn:2312
    The aircraft crashed in an area of fog snow and thunderstorms. Liz Taylor, his wife, stayed home ill with bronchitis. The plane was named The Lucky Liz. All 4 aboard including Art Cohn, his biographer were killed.

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    Aug 14, 1958
    c 3:45
    Egyptian fencing team North Atlantic Ocean, 100 miles W. of Ireland KLM Flight 607E
    Flight 607E
    Lockheed Constellation
    PH-LKM cn:4841
    Six member of the Egyptian fencing team were killed after the aircraft experienced overspeeding of the outer propeller. All 99 aboard killed. details in database
    Feb 3, 1959
    c 01:00
    Ritchie Valens,17
    Buddy Holly, 22
    Jiles "the Big Bopper" Richardson
    28
    , rock and roll singers
    Mason City, Iowa Beechcraft Bonanza
    N3794N
    Crashed shortly after taking off into poor weather conditions. The pilot was not IFR qualified and flying VFR. Possibly caused by spatial disorientation, unfamiliarity with the attitude indicator or icing. Valens got to go on the flip of a coin leaving Tommy Allsup behind. 4 killed, including pilot Roger Peterson.

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    Mar 29, 1959 Barthélémy Boganda
    49, president of the Central African Republic
    Near Bangui Central African Republic Atlas flying boxcar The plane exploded in mid-air while on a flight from Berberati to Bangui. Speculation is the plane was shot down. All 9 aboard killed.
    Apr 29, 1959 Joaquin Blume
    Spanish gymnastics champion
    Valdemeca, Spain Iberian Airlines
    DC-3
    EC-ABC cn:19334
    Crashed into the east slopes of Sierra de Valdemeca after being diverted due to poor weather. All 28 aboard killed. details in
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    Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents
    1960s


    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Feb 25, 1960
    13:07
    U.S. Navy Band Rio de Janeiro, Brazil R-6D-1
    131582
    cn: 43685-307
    Midair collision with a REAL DC-3 at 5,000 ft. Total of 61 killed on both planes, details in
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    Aug 29, 1960 David Diop
    33, French West African poet
    Off Dakar, Senegal Air France
    Flight 343
    Lockheed 1049G
    F-BHBC cn:4622
    Crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after an unsuccessful landing attempt. Possible structural failure due to turbulence or distraction of the flight crew associated with a lighting strike.
    Oct 29, 1960 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football team Toledo, Ohio Arctic Pacific AL
    Curtiss C-46F-1-CU
    N1244N cn:22458
    Crashed while taking off. Premature liftoff, partial loss of power in the No.1 engine, overweight. 22 of 48 aboard killed. 16 team members killed. details in
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    Feb 15, 1961
    10:05
    U.S. figure skating team Near Brussels, Belgium Sabena
    Flight 548
    Boeing 707-320
    OO-SJB cn:17624
    Nosed down and crashed after executing a go-around. Failure of the aircraft's flying controls. All 72 aboard killed. 18 team members killed. details in
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    Apr 3, 1961 Green Cross Chilean soccer team Llico, Chile LAN
    Flight 310
    Douglas DC-3
    CC-C-LDP cn:9716
    Crashed in the Las Lastimas Mountains. Possibly icing. Official cause unknown. All 24 aboard killed. details in database
    Sep 17, 1961
    22:13
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    56, U.N. Secretary General
    Ndola, Zambia Douglas DC-6B
    SE-BDY
    cn:43559
    Crashed into jungle. Rumors persist alleging that victims were shot prior to the crash or that a bomb was onboard. All 16 aboard killed. details in
    database
    Jan 25, 1962 Donald Nutter
    47, Governor of Montana
    Wolf Creek, Montana Douglas C-47 Crashed in snow storm. The plane went out of control in turbulent weather and crashed in a mountain canyon All 6 aboard killed.
    Mar 1, 1962
    10:09
    Johnny Dieckman
    35, world fly-casting champion
    New York, NY American Airlines
    Boeing 707
    Flilght 1
    N7506A
    cn: 17633/12
    Crashed into Jamacia Bay after the plane experiencing a rudder malfunction. All 95 aboard killed. details in
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    Apr 12, 1962 Ron Flockhart
    39, Scottish race car driver
    Near Melbourne, Australia Mustang P-51 Lost control of a borrowed plane he was flying. The aircraft emerged from cloud cover, in a spin and crashed. Pilot error. Lack of IFR flying experience.
    Oct 6, 1962
    18:00
    Tom Slick
    46, Texas millionaire, cryptozoologist
    Dell, Montana, Beechcraft Bonanza 35 The Texas millionaire who financed expeditions in search of Big Foot was killed in an airplane crash that some say was under suspicious circumstances.
    Oct 7, 1962 Clement Miller
    46, California U.S. Rep.
    Near Eureka, California Piper Avalanche Crashed into Chapparal Mountain in a storm during a campaign flight. All 3 aboard killed.
    Mar 5, 1963
    18:20
    Patsy Cline
    30, county western singer
    Hawkshaw Hawkins
    39, country western singer
    Cowboy Copas
    49, country western singer
    Camden, Tennessee Piper Comanche
    N7000P
    cn:24-2144
    The plane took off from Dyersburg and flew into a storm. The pilot was not instrument rated and lost control and crashed after entering an area of stormy weather. Randy Hughes, Cline's manager also killed. All 4 aboard killed.
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    Feb 15, 1964
    10:00
    Ken Hubbs
    22, baseball player, Chicago Cubs 2nd baseman
    Near Provo, Utah Cessna 172D
    N2970U
    Hubbs used poor judgment in continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. 2 killed.
    Jul 31, 1964
    16:52
    Jim Reeves
    40, country western singer
    Near Nashville, Tennessee Beechcraft 35-B33 Debonair
    N8972M
    Piloted by Reeves, the plane crashed in an area of thunderstorms into dense woods 10 miles south of Nashville en route from Batesville to Nashville. It took 2 days to find the wreckage. Pilot error. VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. His manager, Dean Manuel, also killed. 2 killed.

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    Oct 23, 1964
    11:55
    Harold "David" Box
    21, rock & roll singer
    Houston Texas Cessna 172 Skyhawk
    N2142Y
    The plane crashed nose first into the ground and overturned. Cause undetermined. All 4 aboard killed.
    Oct 31, 1964 Theodore Freeman
    34, U.S. astronaut
    Houston, Texas T-38 trainer Killed while attempting to land at Ellington Air Force Base following a proficiency flight. Struck a snow goose which shattered the canopy and debris entering both engines. He ejected but was too low for his chute to fully deploy.
    Jul 8 1965
    05:51
    Albert "Paul" Mantz
    61, movie stunt pilot
    Winterhaven, California Phoenix P-1
    N93082
    Killed while filming the movie "The Flight of the Phoenix" when his plane broke apart on landing after he misjudged his altitude. Alcoholic impairment of efficiency and judgment. He took the place of stunt pilot Frank Tallman who was injured. Tallman later died in another accident in 1978. 1 killed.
    Nov 11, 1965
    17:52
    William "Bill" Linderman
    45, world champion rodeo cowboy
    Salt Lake City, Utah United Air Lines
    Boeing B-727
    N7030U
    cn: 18322/130
    The plane crashed short of the runway after the captain made too high of a descent during the approach. 43 out of 91 aboard killed.
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    Dec 12, 1965
    13:00
    Dr. W. Randolph Lovelace II
    NASA doctor in the early space program
    Near Aspen, Colorado Beechcraft B95
    N9975R
    Flying on the Cutter Air Service, the pilot became disoriented and flew into a blind canyon. Lovelace's wife was also killed. 3 killed.
    Jan 24, 1966
    c 08:00
    Hombi Bhabha
    father of India's nuclear program
    Mt. Blanc, Switzerland Air India
    Flight 101
    Boeing 707-437
    VT-DMN cn:18055/200
    Descended below minimum safe altitude and crashed into Mt. Blanc. Miscalculation by the crew of their position. All 117 killed. details in database
    Feb 28, 1966 Elliot See Jr.
    39, U.S. astronaut
    Charles Bassett II
    35, U.S. astronaut
    St. Louis, Missouri T-38 jet fighter Killed during an instrument landing approach at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation's plant. Came in too low and slow, hit the afterburners and crashed into the roof of a building.
    May 1, 1966 Nicholas Piantanida34, Balloonist Balloon Died four months later after enduring a severe explosive decompression of his spacesuit on board Strato Jump III at 57,600 feet in his third quest to acquire the world record for a skydiving jump.
    Apr 13, 1966 Abdul Salam Arif
    45, President of Iraq
    Southern Iraq Helicopter Died mysteriously in a helicopter accident. Reported to have gone down in a thunderstorm.
    Jul 24, 1966
    18:27
    Tony Lema
    32, pro golfer
    Near Munster, Indiana Beechcraft H50
    N538B
    Crashed after both engines failed due to fuel starvation. The plane came to rest in a shallow pond on the golf course. Lima was on a Buick promotional tour. Wife, Betty, also killed. All 4 aboard killed. details in
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    Jan 27, 1967 Virgil Grissom, 41
    Edward White, 37
    Roger Chaffee, 32

    U.S. astronauts
    Cape Canaveral, Florida Apollo spacecraft Killed during the simulated launch of an Apollo I spacecraft. Short circuit in a 100%oxygen atmosphere caused a flash fire. 3 killed.
    Apr 24, 1967 Vladimir Komarov, 40
    Cosmonaut
    Russia Soyuz I Parachute lines tangled during re-entry. Crashed to ground. First person to die while on a space mission.
    Jul 19, 1967 John T. McNaughton
    U.S. Navy Secretary designate
    Hendersonville, North Carolina Piedmont Airlines
    Boeing 727-22
    N68650 cn:18295
    Collided with a Cessna 310 while attempting to land. All 82 aboard killed which included McNaughton's wife and son. details in
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    Sep 3, 1967 Mohammed bin Laden
    73, father of Osama bin Laden
    Usran, Saudi Arabia Beechcraft 18
    HZ-IBN
    Bin Laden landed at Khamis Mushayt airport in his HS125, changed planes to his Beechcraft 18, and took off for the landing strip near Usran which had been cut out of the rough terain by his workers so that he could land and inspect the work in progress. He crashed trying to land on the mountain strip. 2 killed.
    Oct 5, 1967 Clifton Williams Jr.
    35, astronaut
    Near Tallahassee, Florida T-38 jet fighter A mechanical failure caused his control to malfunction.
    Nov 4, 1967 June Thorburn
    36, actress
    Fernhurst, England Iberia Airlines
    Caravelle 10R
    EC-BDD cn:202/204
    The aircraft descended too low and flew into the southern slope of Black Down Hill. details in
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    Nov 15, 1967 Michael Adams
    37, test pilot
    California North American X-15 Killed while testing the X-15. The plane went into a spin and dive while re-entering. The aircraft disintegrated after reaching 15 Gs.
    Dec 8, 1967 Robert Lawrence
    32, astronaut
    Edwards Air Force Base, California F-104 Starfighter Crashed while performing maneuvers.
    Dec 10, 1967
    15:25
    Otis Redding
    26, singer
    Near Madison, Wisconsin Beechcraft H18
    N390R
    cn:BA-623
    Went into a spin and crashed into icy Lake Monona in fog. Undetermined cause Four members of his Bar-Kays band also killed. 5 of 6 aboard killed. details in
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    Mar 27, 1968 Yuri Gagarin
    34, Soviet cosmonaut
    Near Moscow, Russia MiG 15 UTI Crashed 30 miles east of Moscow, while training in a military fighter. He was the first man in space. 2 killed. details in
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    Apr 28, 1968
    00:15
    Lamar Tech Track Team Near Beaumont, Texas Beech 65
    N968Q
    Impacted the ground and caught fire. Cause undetermined. All six members of the team, along with the pilot killed.
    Mar 16, 1969 Nestor Chavez
    22, baseball player, San Francisco Giants pitcher
    Maracaibo, Venezuela Venezolana Inter. de Aviacion
    Flight 742
    DC-9-32
    YV-C-AVD cn:47243
    Struck power lines while taking off. Incorrect information supplied to crew. All 84 aboard and 70 on the ground killed. details in database
    Apr 27 1969 Rene Barrientos
    49, President of Bolivia
    Near Arque Village, Bolivia Helicopter The helicopter struck high tension wires and crashed. 3 killed.
    Jun 4, 1969
    08:42
    Rafael Osuna
    30, Mexican tennis star
    Near Salinas Victoria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Mexicana Airlines
    Flight 704
    B-727-64
    XA-SEL
    cn: 19256/355
    While the crew was aligning with the runway, the plane hit high ground several miles from the airport. Pilot error. All 79 aboard killed. details in database
    Aug 31, 1969
    20:05
    Rocky Marciano
    45, boxer
    Newton, Iowa Cessna 172H
    N3149X
    cn:55229
    Took off in rainy weather barely climbing. Crashed into a lone oak tree. Inexperienced pilot not IFR qualified. Marciano was returning home for his birthday party. 3 killed.

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    Sep 26, 1969 The Strongest, Bolivian soccer team Near La Paz, Bolivia Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
    Douglas DC-6B
    CP-698 cn:43273
    The aircraft hit a 15,500 ft. mountain. Cause unknown. All 74 aboard killed. details in database
    Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents

    1970s

    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Feb 15, 1970 Carlos Cruz
    featherweight champion boxer
    Members of the Puerto Rican women's volleyball team
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Compania Dominicana de Aviacion
    DC-9-32
    HI-177 cn:47500
    Lost an engine on takeoff. Circled back to the airport and crashed into the sea. All 102 aboard killed. details in database
    May 9, 1970
    21:28
    Walter Reuther
    63, UAW labor leader
    Pellston, Michigan Gates Learjet 23
    N434J
    cn:23-046
    During an instrument landing the plane broke through clouds, hit trees and burst into flames short of the runway. Reuther's wife and 4 others also killed. details in
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    Jul 31, 1970
    06:40
    George Paul
    23, champion bull rider
    Kemmerer, Wyoming Beech C50
    N7707
    Struck a mountain slope in VFR conditions. Pilot fatigue. Paul hadn't slept the night prior to the flight. 1 killed.
    Oct 2, 1970
    13:00
    Wichita State College football team Silver Plume, Colorado, Mt. Trelease Golden Eagle Aviation
    Flight 108
    Martin 404
    N464M cn:14151
    Aircraft entered a mountain valley route from which it could neither climb over or execute a course reversal. Pilot error. 32 of 40 aboard killed. details in
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    Oct 4, 1970
    15:10
    Curtis Turner
    46, race car driver
    Mahaffey, Pennsylvania Aerocommander 500-B
    N701X
    Crashed into mountains 20 minutes after takeoff. Turner, who was piloting the plane, was under the influence of alcohol. Turner suffered a severe heart attack prior to the accident. 2 killed. details in
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    Nov 14, 1970
    19:36
    Marshall University football team Near Huntington, West Virginia Southern Airways
    Flight 932
    Douglas DC-9-31
    N97S cn:47245
    Crashed short of the runway. Improper procedures by crew. Used autopilot throughout landing. Call-outs not made. All 75 aboard killed. 41 from the Marshall University team.

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    May 28, 1971
    11:08
    Audie Murphy
    46, WW II hero and movie actor
    Roanoke, Virginia Aero Commander 680
    N601JJ
    cn:491-161
    Crashed in mountains in heavy thunderstorms. Continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. Entered instrument weather at too low an altitude to clear mountain. All 5 aboard killed.

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    June 30, 1971 Georgi Dobrovolsky, 43
    Viktor Patsayev, 38
    Vladislav Volkov, 35

    Cosmonauts
    In space Soyuz II A valve opened as the descent module separated from the orbital module depressurizing the space craft. The crew died within 45 seconds.
    Jul 24, 1972 Lance Reventow
    36,Woolworth heir and formula one race car driver
    Aspen, Colorado Cessna U206
    N5290U
    Died when the plane he was riding in crashed in a storm over the Rocky Mountains after the pilot flew into a blind canyon. 4 killed.
    Aug 28, 1972 Prince William Henry Andrew
    30, Windsor of Glouscester
    Near Wolverhampton, England Piper Cherokee Killed while taking place in the Goodyear Air Race near Wolverhampton. The plane crashed and exploded shortly after taking off after losing height suddenly. Both aboard killed.
    Oct 13, 1972 Old Christians Rugby Team Near San Fernando, Chile Uruguayan Air Force - TAMU
    Fairchild Hiller FH-227D
    T-571 cn:572
    Crashed in the Andes. Flew into mountain wave leading to loss of control. Found 72 days after crash. Resorted to cannibalism to stay alive by eating the dead. 29 of 45 aboard killed. The movie and book "Alive" based on this crash. details in
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    Oct 16, 1972
    c 09:00
    Hale Boggs
    58, Louisiana U.S. Rep.
    Nick Begich
    40, Alaska U.S. Rep.
    Off the Alaskan coast Cessna 310C
    N1812H
    Disappeared while approaching the Chugach mountain range on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau. Cause unknown. 4 killed. details in
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    Dec 8, 1972
    14:28
    George Collins
    47, Illinois U.S. Rep.
    Dorothy Hunt
    52, wife of E. Howard Hunt of Watergate fame
    Chicago, Illinois United Air Lines
    Flight 553
    Boeing 737-222
    N9031U cn:19069
    Crashed while making a non-precision instrument approach. Pilot error. Failure to exercise positive flight management. 43 of 61 aboard killed. details in
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    Dec 31, 1972
    19:23
    Roberto Clemente
    38, baseball player, Pittsburgh outfielder
    San Juan, Puerto Rico AMX Leasing
    Douglas DC-7CF
    N500AE
    cn:45130
    Crashed after taking off after losing power in the No. 2 and 3 engines. Overloaded, poor maintenance. Clemente was on a relief mission to deliver supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua. All 5 aboard killed. details in
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    Jan 22, 1973 Alexander Onassis
    son of Aristotle Onassis
    Athens, Greece Piaggio Rolled to the right and nose-dived into the ground after attaining a height of 100 ft. during takeoff.
    Jul 20, 1973
    10:15
    Robert Smithson
    35, American artist
    Amarillo Texas Beech E55
    N814T
    The plane stalled and crashed after the pilot's attention was diverted from flying the aircraft. Smithson was photographing his sculpture site from the air. 3 killed.
    Sep 20, 1973
    22:45
    Jim Croce
    30, singer
    Natchitoches, Louisiana Beechcraft E18S
    N50JR
    BA-176
    Crashed into trees at the end of the runway while taking off after not gaining altitude. Pilot failed to see/avoid objects, obstructions. Also killed were his publicist Kenny Cortese, singer Maury Muehleisen, road manager Dennis Rast, comedian George Stevens and pilot Robert Elliot. All 6 aboard killed.

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    Nov 30, 1973
    19:50
    Bruce Yarnell
    37, Actor
    Near Gorman, California Beech 23
    N2360Z
    Yarnell who was piloting the plane, used poor judgment in continuing a VFR flight into adverse weather conditions resulting in spatial disorientation and loss of control of the aircraft. He was attempting to return to Van Nuys airport when the accident occurred. All 3 aboard killed.
    Aug 09, 1974
    17:00
    Bill Chase
    39, jazz rock musician
    Jackson, Minnesota Piper PA-30 Comanche
    N8129Y
    Crashed short of the runway while attempting to land in heavy rain. Pilot error. Improper IFR operation. All 6 aboard killed.
    Feb 14, 1975
    08:25
    Jerry Pettis
    59, California U.S. Rep.
    Cherry Valley, California Beech V35B
    N23JP
    Crashed his plane while on a flight from Palm Springs to San Bernardino. Continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. 1 killed.
    Feb 20, 1975
    01:20
    Bobby Shane
    "Robert Schoenberger"

    29, pro wrestler
    Tampa Bay, Florida Cessna 182J
    N456BC
    The small plane crashed into Tampa Bay after the pilot became disoriented in clouds and darkness while attempting to land. Shane drowned in the back seat of the plane. Wrestlers Gary Hart, Dennis McChord and Buddy Colt, who was piloting the plane, survived.
    Jun 24, 1975 Wendell Ladner
    27, basketball player, N.Y. Nets forward
    New York, New York Eastern Air Lines
    Flight 66
    Boeing 727
    N8845E cn:20443
    Crashed while landing at JFK in a storm. Windshear. 113 of 124 aboard killed. details in database
    Sep 3, 1975
    14:49
    Irv Medlinger
    48, MLB player
    Wheeling, Illinois Piper PA-24
    N68073
    Inadequate maintenance of the aircraft caused engine failure and a forced landing resulting in destruction of the aircraft. 2 killed.
    Nov 29, 1975 Graham Hill
    46, race car driver
    Tony Brise
    23, race car driver
    Hertfordshire, England Piper Aztec
    N6645Y
    cn:27-3960
    Piloted by Hill. Crashed after getting lost in fog. All 6 aboard killed. details in
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    Dec 26, 1975
    14:49
    Myrna Ross
    36, American actress
    Rollinsville, Colorado Star Aviaiton
    Mitsubishi MU-2B
    N133MA
    Crashed into mountains. Continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. All 9 aboard Killed.
    Jul 30, 1976 Joel Rakotomalala
    47, Prime Minister of Madagascar
    Tananarive, Madagascar Helicopter Crashed into the sea. All 4 aboard killed.
    Aug 3, 1976 Jerry Litton
    39, Missouri U.S. Rep.
    Chillicothe, Missouri Beech 58
    N1553W
    A broken crankshaft in the left engine caused a loss of control and the plane to crash during takeoff. 6 killed including Litton's wife and 2 children.
    Sep 3, 1976
    21:45
    Orfeon University Choir
    Lajes, Azores, Portugal Lockheed C-130
    7772
    cn: 4408
    Crashed into a hill 1 mile short of the runway in heavy rains from hurricane Emmy. All 68 aboard killed. details in database
    Oct 6, 1976
    13:24
    Cuban National Fencing Team
    Off Bridgetown, Barbados Cubana
    DC-8-43
    CU-T1201
    cn: 45611/48
    Explosion of a terrorist bomb in the cabin led to an unontrollable fire and incapacitation of the crew which caused the plane to crash into the ocean. All 73 aboard killed. details in database
    Jan 6, 1977
    17:05
    Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra
    82, mother of entertainer Frank Sinatra
    Near Palm Springs, California Gates Learjet 24B
    N12MK
    After leaving Palm Springs Municipal Airport, the plane never changed heading and flew into a mountain. Crew error. 4 killed. details in database
    Jan 18, 1977 Džemal Bijedić
    60, Premier of Yugoslavia
    Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Gates Learjet Crashed into a Lisin Mountain during a snowstorm. All 7 aboard killed.
    Mar 19, 1977 Jose Carlos Pace
    32, Brazilian champion race car driver
    Near Mairiporã, Brazil Piper Killed along with colleague and pilot Marivaldo Fernandes while traveling to a ranch in western Sao Paulo. All 3 aboard killed.
    Mar 27, 1977
    17:07
    Eve Meyer
    48, June 1955 Playmate of the month, film producer
    Tenerife, Canary Islands Pan Am/KLM
    Boeing 747
    N736PA/PH-BUF
    19643/11 / 20400/157
    Two jumbo jets collided on the runway after the KLM captain took off without clearance. 583 out of 644 killed. details in
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    May 2, 1977
    09:25
    Edward Cole
    67, GM president creator of the Corvair.
    Mendon, Michigan Beagle 206S2
    N500KR
    The plane, Cole was piloting, crashed after he flew VFR into adverse weather conditions and suffered spatial disorientation. 1 killed.
    May 16, 1977
    07:35
    Michael Findlay
    33, horror film director
    New York New York Sikorsky S61L helicopter
    N619PA
    While boarding the helicopter the gear collapsed due to a fatigue fracture, decapitating Findlay and killing 3 other passengers. details in
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    Aug 1 1977
    12:36
    Francis Gary Powers
    47, newscaster
    Encino, California Bell 206B Jetranger helicopter
    N4TV
    Flying for Channel 4 news, the helicopter ran out of fuel returning from covering a fire. Powers was famous for piloting the U2 aircraft that was shot down over Russia in 1960. 2 killed. details in
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    Oct 20, 1977
    18:52
    Ronnie Van Zant
    29, lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd Band
    Near Gillsburg, Mississippi L & J Company
    Convair CV-300
    N55VM cn: 003
    Ran low on fuel and crashed into a wooded area. Malfunctioning engine that used excessive fuel. Three other band members killed. 6 of 26 aboard killed including Cassie & Steve Gaines.

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    Dec 13, 1977
    19:22
    Evansville basketball team Evansville, Indiana National Jet Service
    Douglas DC-3
    N51071 cn:4837
    Crashed on takeoff in rain and fog. Aileron and rudder remained locked during takeoff. Improperly loaded luggage. All 29 aboard killed. details in
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    May 21, 1978
    09:15
    Bruce Geller
    47, writer, producer director
    Santa Barbara, California Cessna 337D Skymaster
    N86100
    Crashed in fog into Buena Vista canyon while on a pleasure trip from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara. Misread instruments. Both aboard killed. Creator of "Mission Impossible"
    Apr 15, 1978
    15:14
    Frank Gifford Tallman
    59, movie stunt pilot
    Trabuco Canyon, California Piper PA-23
    N5641Y
    Crashed into Santiago Peak in the Santa Ana Mountains while on a routine ferry flight in turbulence and a rainstorm. Continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions. 1 killed.
    Feb 19, 1979
    07:36
    Norman Ollestad I
    43, American child actor
    Mt. Baldy, California Cessna 172
    N1527V
    Crashed into the San Bernardino mountains at 7,300 feet while on a flight to Big Bear, CA. 2 of 4 aboard killed. One killed in a fall after the accident. Pilot continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions.
    Jun 28, 1979 Philippe Cousteau
    39, son of Jacques Cousteau
    Off Lisbon, Portugal PBY-6A Catalina Crashed while attempting to land and was killed when one of the plane's propellers separated and cut through the cockpit.
    Aug 2, 1979
    16:02
    Thurman Munson
    32, baseball player, N.Y. Yankee catcher
    Canton, Ohio Cessna 501 Citation
    N15NY
    cn:0110
    Munson crashed short of the runway while practicing takeoffs and landing. He stalled the plane. Aircraft allowed to get too low and too slow. 1 of 3 killed killed.
    Aug 11, 1979
    13:35
    Pakhtakor TashkenRussian soccer team Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine, USSR Aeroflot
    Tupolev TU-134A
    SSSR- 65735
    cn:- 2351516
    A midair collision occurred between two Tupolev 134As. Separation error by Russian ATC. Fourteen players and 3 staff members of the Russian soccer team, Pakhtakor Tashkent, killed. All 84 aboard killed. details in
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    Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents
    1980s


    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Jan 11, 1980
    01:23
    Robert "Bo" Rein
    34, Louisiana State University football coach
    Over the Atlantic Ocean Cessna 441 Conquest
    N441NC
    The plane veered off course and flew out over the Atlantic running out of fuel and crashing into the sea. Cause unknown. details in database
    Mar 14, 1980
    c 11:00
    U.S. Olympic boxing team
    Anna Jantar

    polish singer
    Near Warsaw, Poland Polskie Linie Lotnicze
    Flight 007
    Ilyushin-62
    SP-LAA cn:11044
    An engine disintegrated after power was applied during a go-around severing the rudder and elevator controls. All 87 aboard were killed including 22 members of the team. details in
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    Jun 23, 1980 Sanjay Gandhi
    34, son of Indira Gandhi
    Delhi, India Pitt Special stunt plane Killed while flying a stunt plane that was not properly tested and which he was not familiar with. 2 killed.
    Dec 4, 1980 Francisco Sá Carneiro
    45, Portuguese prime minister
    Lisbon, Portugal Cessna 421 A parliamentary inquiry in 1995 concluded the crash was the result of sinister elements.
    May 22, 1981
    15:30
    Boris Sagal
    58, film director
    Near Portland, Oregon Bell 206B
    N58004
    Segal was decapitated, when he accidentally walked into the tail rotor of a helicopter while on location filming a movie. Father of actress Katey Sagal (Married with Children).
    May 24, 1981
    15:00
    Jaime Roldos Aguilera
    President of Ecuador
    Guanchanama,
    Ecuador
    Beech Super King Air 200
    FAE-723
    Crashed in poor weather. Rumored to not been an accident but deliberately engineered. All 9 aboard killed.
    Jul 31, 1981
    11:15
    General Omar Torrijos
    52, leader of Panama
    Coclecito, Panama Panamanian Air Force The plane crashed under suspicious circumstances. Possible sabotage. 7 killed.
    Oct 5, 1981 Jud Strunk
    45, country western song writer, singer, comedian
    Carabasset, Maine Fairchild M-62A
    N60542
    WW II vintage open cockpit airplane
    The plane, piloted by Strunk, crashed while attempting to take off with full flaps. 2 killed.
    Mar 19,1982
    10:30
    Randy Rhoads
    25,lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne
    Leesburg, Florida Beech Bonanza F35
    N567LT
    cn-4144
    The plane crashed into a house after a wing clipped Ozzy Osbourne's tour bus. The pilot was fooling around and attempting to to buzz the bus. All 3 aboard killed including the pilot and Rachel Youngblood, the band's hairdresser.

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    Apr 7, 1982 Harald Ertl
    33, formula one race car driver
    Giessen, Germany Light aircraft He was killed while flying his family to their holiday home in northern Germany. His wife and son survived. 1 killed.
    May 17, 1982 John Felten
    48, singer, sang with the Diamonds
    Mount Shasta, California Beech A24R
    N9715L
    Crashed into Mt. Shasta en route from Reno, Nevada to Grants Pass, VFR flight into IFR conditions. Oregon. Felten's wife Linda and the pilot were also killed. 3 killed.
    Jul 23, 1982
    02:30
    Vic Morrow
    57, movie actor
    Valencia, California Bell UH-1B Huey helicopter
    N87701
    cn: 6414038
    The helicopter crashed while filming the movie "Twilight Zone", decapitating Vic Morrow and killing 2 child actors, Myca Dinh Le and Rene Chen. Special effect explosion hit the tail rotor causing the helicpoter to crash. details in
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    Jul 28, 1982 Keith Green
    28, Christian singer and minister
    Lindale, Texas Cessna 414
    N110VM
    Shortly after taking off, the plane nose dived into the ground. Overloaded by 200 lbs. Green, along with his two children and 9 others aboard killed.
    Nov 23, 1982 Grady Nutt
    47, Christian humorist, comedian
    Vinemont, Alabama Beech 95-B55
    N18411
    The plane crashed while attempting to take off. All 3 aboard killed.
    Jun 2, 1983
    19:20
    Stan Rogers
    33, Canadian folk singer
    Cincinnati, Ohio Air Canada
    Flight 797
    Douglas DC-9-32
    C-FTLU cn:47196
    In-flight lavatory fire of unknown origin. Landed safely but passengers died of flash fire and smoke inhalation. 23 of 46 aboard killed.

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    Jun 27, 1983 Maxie Anderson
    48
    Don Ida
    Balloonists
    Bavarian Alps Balloon During a balloon race, explosive bolts misfired, causing the gondola of their helium balloon to plunge to the ground. 3 killed.
    Sep 1, 1983
    c 06:30
    Lawrence McDonald
    48, Georgia U.S. Rep.
    Near Sakhalin Island, Russia Korean Airlines
    Flight 007
    Boeing 747-230B
    HL-7442 cn:20599
    Shot down by a Soviet Air Force fighter after the plane drifted into Soviet airspace. Crashed into international waters in the Sea of Japan. All 269 aboard killed. details in database
    Nov 27, 1983
    10:06
    Jorge Ibarguengoita
    55, Mexican novelist
    Angel Rama
    57, Uruguayan novelist
    Marta Traba
    53, Argentinean art critic
    Manuel Scorza
    55, Peruvian poet
    Madrid-Barajas, Spain AVIANCA
    Flight 11
    Boeing 747-283B
    HK2910 cn:21382
    While attempting to land the plane impacted a series of hills. Procedural error by crew. 181 of 192 aboard killed. details in database
    Dec 07, 1983
    09:40
    María "Fanny Cano" Damián
    39, Mexican actress
    Madrid, Spain Iberia Airlines
    B-737-200
    EC-CFJ
    cn: 20820/47645
    The Boeing 727 struck a DC-9 while taking off in fog, snow and poor visibility. The DC-9 wandered on the runway by accident. 93 of 135 aboard both planes killed. details in
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    Dec 12, 1983 17:30 Rex Dockery
    41, head coach, Memphis State University
    Lawrenceberg, Tennessee Pipper
    PA34-200T
    N66MZ
    On a dark, rainy night, the plane took a nose dive into the ground while attempting to land. Spatial disorientation. A staff and team member were also killed. 4 killed.
    Feb 11, 1985
    18:56
    Ben Abruzzo
    54, Balloonist
    Albuquerque, New Mexico Cessna 421C
    N6866K
    Collided with tops of trees after a baggage door opened, diverting the attention of Abruzzo,who was piloting the plane. All 6 aboard killed including Abruzzo's wife. details in
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    Aug 12, 1985
    18:56
    Kyu Sakamoto
    43, Japanese singer
    Ueno Village, Japan Japan Air Lines
    Flight 123
    Boeing 747-SR46
    JA8119 cn:20783
    Pressure bulkhead failure, improperly repaired 7 years earlier. Worst single aviation accident. 520 of 524 aboard killed. Sakamoto was famous for his hit song “Sukiyaki.”
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    Aug 25, 1985
    22:05
    Samantha Smith
    13
    Auburn, Maine Bar Harbor AL
    Flight 1808
    Beechcraft 99
    N300WP cn:U-22
    Famous for writing to Soviet leader Andropov about nuclear war. Crashed short of runway while landing. Pilot error. All 8 aboard killed. details in database
    Sept 1, 1985 Richie Panch
    30, race car driver
    Rion, South Carolina Piper PA-28-235-B
    N9340W
    Flew into heavy rain and squall line and came apart in mid-air. Pilot error. Poor judgment and planning. 4 killed.
    Sep 16, 1985 Art Scholl
    53, professional stunt pilot
    Off Carlsbad, California Aerotec Pitts S-2A
    N13AS
    Crashed into the Pacific Ocean while performing an inverted flat spin while filming for the movie "Top Gun."
    Sep 23, 1985 Larry Shue
    39, playwright
    Grottoes Grove, Virginia Henson Airlines
    Flight 1517
    Beechcraft 99
    N339HA cn:155
    The commuter plane he was flying in hit a 2,400 ft. mountain while attempting to land. Improper IFR procedure and lack of radio equipment. details in
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    Nov 25, 1985 Iowa State University women's cross-country team Des Moines, Iowa Rockwell International 500-S
    N81589
    The aircraft crashed into tree tops and a power pole while attempting to land. Icing of wings. All 7 aboard including 3 team members and 2 coaches killed.
    Dec 31, 1985
    17:16
    Ricky Nelson
    45, singer
    De Kalb, Texas Douglas DC-3
    N711Y
    cn:13658
    Crashed into a field after smoke filled the cockpit and cabin. Possible faulty heater. Nelson's fiancé Helen Blair, soundman Clark Russell and members of his back-up group The Stone Canyon Band, Andy Chapin, Rick Intveld, Bobby Neal, and Patrick Woodward also killed. Both pilots survived.

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    Jan 14, 1986
    19:30
    Daniel Balavoine
    34, French singer and songwriter
    Thierry Sabine

    36, French motorcycle racer
    Mali AS 350 Eucreuil
    helicopter
    The helicopter crashed into a dune during a sand storm. All 5 aboard killed.
    Jan 28, 1986
    11:39
    Ronald McNair, 35 Ellison Onizuka, 39 Judith Resnik, 36 Michael Smith, 40 Gregory Jarvis, 41 Francis Scobee, 46
    Sharon Christa McAuliffe, 37

    Crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger
    Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Shuttle Challenger The craft broke up in flight, 73 seconds after launch, due to damage from an exhaust flame, leaking through a defective O ring in the solid fuel rocket. Six astronauts and civilian teacher, Christa McAuliffe, 37, killed.
    May 24, 1986 Stephen D. Thorne
    33, U.S. astronaut
    Near Santa Fe, Texas Aerotec Pitts S-2A
    N80004
    Thorne was killed when the stunt plane he was a passenger in spun into the ground. Short in electrical system distracted the pilot. 2 killed.
    Jun 4, 1986 Bruce Wayne (Talbert)
    53, Los Angeles radio station KFI traffic reporter
    Fullerton, California Cessna 177B
    N35252
    Taking off to report traffic, the plane's engine misfired and the aircraft nosed into the ground. The pilot had an elevated blood alcohol. One killed.
    Oct 19, 1986
    c 19:21
    Samora Machel
    Mozambique president
    Lembombo Mts., South Africa Mozambique Air
    Tupolev 134A
    C9-CAA
    cn:63457
    Crashed in a storm into high ground while trying to land at Maputo. Pilot error. Navigation error. GPWS ignored. Possible pirate signal disoriented pilot. 34 of 43 aboard killed. details in
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    Oct 22, 1986 Jane Dornacker
    WNBC traffic reporter
    Manhattan, New York Enstrom F-28F helicopter
    N8617B
    While on the air conducting a traffic report, Dornacker's helicopter crashed from a height of 75 feet into a fence and fell into the Hudson River. She died on the way to the hospital. This was her second crash that year. Maintenance error. The clutch that was installed in the helicopter was a military surplus part which was not intended for use in a civil aircraft. 1 of 2 aboard killed.
    Nov 25, 1986 Nancy McCormick
    WKRC traffic reporter
    Cincinnati, Ohio Bell 206B
    helicopter
    N59610
    The helicopter crashed after the non-instrument rated pilot entered an area of fog and crashed into rising terrain. 2 killed.
    Mar 5, 1987
    13:33
    Don Yenko
    59, race car builder, designer
    Charleston, West Virginia Cessna 210M
    N1230M
    The plane landed hard, bounced, veered off the runway and hit a dirt bank dove into a ravine and crashed. Pilot error. All 4 aboard killed.
    Mar 21, 1987 Dino Martin
    35, son of entertainer Dean Martin
    Mount San Gorgonio, California F-4C Phantom jet fighter While performing a maximum takeoff climb, the Air National Guard aircraft, entered clouds and crashed into a wall of granite while inverted at a speed of 560 mph. 2 killed. details in
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    Aug 16, 1987
    20:45
    Nick Vanos
    24, basketball player, Phoenix Suns center
    Romulus, Michigan Northwest Airlines
    Flight 255
    MD-82
    N312RC cn:48090
    Crashed into underpass shortly after takeoff. Stalled and crashed on takeoff. Slats and flaps not properly set. 154 of 155 killed.
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    Dec 8, 1987 Alianza Lima soccer team Near Lima, Peru Fokker F-27
    AE-560 cn:10548
    Crashed into the sea after a fly-by to see if landing gear was down. 42 of 43 aboard killed.
    May 29, 1988 Salem bin Laden
    42, brother of Osama bin Laden
    Near San Antonio, Texas Spirit Ultralight Took off and crashed into high power lines and fell 115 feet to the ground. 1 killed.
    Aug 17, 1988
    c 16:30
    Arnold Raphel
    45, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
    Mohammed Zia ul-Hag
    64, President of Pakistan
    Near Bahawalpur, Pakistan Pakistan Air Force
    Lockheed C-130B
    cn:23494
    Crashed 10 minutes after taking off from Bahawalpur. Act of sabotage. Detonation of a low-explosive device. All 30 aboard killed. details in database
    Sep 30, 1988 Al Holbert
    41, race car driver
    Columbus, Ohio Piper PA-60-601P
    N14HR
    Piloted by Hobert, the plane flew in an erratic manner and crashed into terrain shortly after taking off. Clamshell door not closed.
    Dec 21, 1988
    18:56
    Paul Jeffreys
    33, Musician, bass player with Cockney Rebel
    Lockerbie, Scotland Pan American
    Flight 103
    B-747
    N739PA cn:19646
    Terrorist bombing. Jeffreys was killed along with his newlywed wife Rachel. All 259 aboard killed.

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    Jun 7, 1989
    04:27
    Colorful 11
    Dutch soccer team
    Paramaribo, Suriname Surinam Airways
    Flight 764
    DC-8-62
    N1809E cn:46107/498
    Hit a tree after 3 landing attempts in fog. Running out of fuel the crew could not get an ILS signal and ignored GPS warnings. Of the 187 aboard, 176 killed.

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    Jun 17, 1989 S. David Griggs
    49, U.S. astronaut
    Earle, Arkansas North American AT-6D
    N3931S
    Killed when the single-engine stunt plane he was flying crashed Pilot error Improper planning, over confidence. 1 killed.
    Jul 19, 1989
    16:00
    Jay Ramsdell
    25, CBA commissioner
    Sioux City, Iowa United Airlines
    Flight 232
    DC-10-10
    N1819U cn:46618
    Catastrophic failure of the No. 2 engine which lead to loss of all hydraulics. Crash landed while attempting an emergency landing. 111 of 298 killed.
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    Aug 7, 1989 George Thomas "Mickey" Leland
    45, Texas U.S. Rep.
    Near Gambela, Ethiopia de Havilland Twin Otter
    ET-AIL cn:699
    Crashed into a mountain in thunderstorms and poor weather conditions during a refugee relief inspection flight. Pilot flew into an area of bad weather at low altitude and failed to maintain visual contact with the ground. All 16 aboard killed. details in
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    Aug 13, 1989
    21:25
    Larkin Smith
    45, Mississippi U.S. Rep.
    Janice, Mississippi Cessna 177RG
    N1976Q
    cn:177RG-0376
    Spiraled into the ground. Pilot error. His non-instrument rated pilot flew into IFR conditions and lost control in hazy weather conditions. 2 killed. details in
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    Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents
    1990s


    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Aug 27, 1990
    01:00
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    35, blues guitarist
    Elkhorn, Wisconsin Bell BHT-206B helicopter N16933
    cn:023338
    Crashed into terrain after taking off in fog. Pilot error. Failure of pilot to attain adequate altitude before flying over rising terrain. All 5 aboard killed.
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    Mar 9, 1991 Jim Hardin
    47, former Baltimore Orioles pitcher
    Key West, Florida Beech 35-C33A
    N4828J
    Unable to maintain airspeed, stalled and went into a spin following propeller failure due to faulty maintenance procedures. All 3 aboard killed.
    Mar 16, 1991
    01:41
    Reba McEntire band
    singing group
    San Diego, California Hawker Siddeley DH-125-1A/522
    N831LC cn:25095
    Seven members of the Reba McEntire band killed. Hit rising terrain at the top of a mountain after taking off. Pilot error. All 10 aboard killed. details in
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    Apr 4, 1991 H. John Heinz III
    53, Pennsylvania Senator
    Merion, Pennsylvania Piper Aerostar 601/
    Bell 412SP
    N3645D/N78S
    While inspecting the nose gear of the Piper, helicopter blades struck the underside of the plane. All 5 aboard both planes killed. Two children in a school yard also killed.

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    Apr 5, 1991
    14:51
    John Tower
    66, Texas Senator
    Manley "Sonny" Carter Jr.
    44, U.S. astronaut
    Davis Love Sr.
    professional golfer
    Brunswick, Georgia Atlantic Southeast Airlines
    Flight 2311
    Embraer 120RT N270AS
    cn:120-218
    While on approach the aircraft rolled left and crashed in a nose down attitude. Malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit. All 23 aboard killed. details in
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    Jul 31, 1991
    Al Loquasto
    48, race car driver
    Fogelsville, Pennsylvania Piper PA28-236
    N28568
    The wings of the plane separated from the fuselage after the VFR rated pilot, Loquasto, flew into a violent thunderstorm. 2 aboard killed.
    Oct 25, 1991 Bill Graham
    60, rock promoter
    Vallejo, California Bell 206B helicopter
    N3456M
    The helicopter struck a transmission tower and exploded shortly after taking off into high winds and rain. Pilot error. Graham, companion Melissa Gold and pilot Steve Kahn killed.

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    Apr 1, 1993
    21:28
    Alan Kulwicki
    39, race car driver
    Blountville, Tennessee Fairchild SA227-TT
    N500AK
    cn:TT-527
    The Hooters restaurant private plane crashed while attempting to land. Pilot error. Failure of pilot to follow anti-icing procedures. All 4 aboard killed. details in
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    Apr 19, 1993 George Mickelson
    52, South Dakota Governor
    Zwingle, Iowa Mitsubishi MU-2B-60
    N86SD
    cn:765SA
    Crashed into silo. Fracture of the propeller hub resulted in separation of the propeller blade and damage to the engine, leading to loss of control. All 8 aboard killed. details in
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    Apr 27, 1993 Zambian national soccer team Off Libreville, Gabon Zambia Air Force
    de Havilland Buffalo
    # 319
    Crashed into the sea after an engine fire. All 30 aboard including 18 members of the team killed. details in
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    Jul 12, 1993
    14:55
    David "Davey" Allison
    30, race car driver
    Talladega, Alabama Hughes 369HS helicopter
    N9116F
    cn:720396S
    The helicopter piloted by Allison, crashed while attempting to land in the infield of Talladega Speedway. Pilot's failure to properly compensate for the tailwind condition, coupled with the pilot's lack of experience in the airframe. 1 killed. details in
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    Aug 3, 1993 Dr. Alwyn Gentry
    48, botanist
    Theodore Parker III
    40, ornithologist
    Near Guayaquii, Ecuador Private plane The aircraft crashed into a cloud covered mountain peak while performing an aerial reconnaissance survey for Conservation International. 4 of 7 aboard killed.
    Dec 15, 1993 Rich Snyder
    41, president of the In-N-Out Hamburger chain
    Santa Ana, California Charter plane
    Israel Aircraft Industries 1124A
    N309CK
    The aircraft followed in a Boeing 757 for landing, became caught in its wake turbulence, rolled into a deep descent and crashed. All 5 onboard killed.
    Mar 23, 1994 Robert Richards
    KSDK TV weatherman
    Chesterfield, Missouri Piper PA-23-180
    N3365R
    Committed suicide by taking off and deliberately diving the plane vertically into the ground. He was despondent over news media accounts of an extra marital affair and attempted suicide twice prior to the suicide. 1 killed.
    Apr 3, 1994 Frank Wells
    62, president of Disney
    Beverly Johnson
    46, documentary film maker
    Lamoille, Nevada Bell 206-B2 helicopter
    N27736
    The accident occurred while on a skiing trip. The helicopter lost engine power while attempting to take off crashing in the Ruby Mountains. Snow accumulation in the engine while on the ground resulting in a flameout. 4 of 5 aboard killed.
    Apr 6, 1994 Cyprien Ntaryamira
    president of Burundi
    Juvenal Habyarimana
    president of Rwanda
    Kigali, Rwanda Dassault Facon 50
    9XR-NN
    Shot down by a missile while on approach to the Kigali airport. details in database
    Sep 18, 1994 Omalie Aimuanmwosari
    Nigerian soccer player
    Tamanrasset, Algeria Oriental Airlines
    BAC One-Eleven
    5N-IMO
    cn:229
    After circling for almost an hour and a half and aborting four landing attempts in adverse weather conditions, the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed. 5 of 39 aboard killed.
    Oct 25, 1994 Lt. Kara Hultgren
    first female fighter pilot
    Off San Diego, California F-14 Tomcat Killed while attempting to land her fighter jet on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. 1 killed.
    Dec 13, 1994 Bryan Kerchalt
    23, Bass Masters Classic winner
    Morrisville, North Carolina American Eagle
    Jetstream 3201
    N918AE cn: 918
    After a suspected engine flameout the pilot attempted a go-around, stalled the plane and crashed. Pilot error. 15 of 20 aboard killed.
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    Jan 4, 1995 Eduardo Mata
    52, Mexican conductor and composer
    Cuernavaca, Mexico Piper Aerostar Piloted by Mata, the small plane crashed shortly after taking off from Cuernavaca Airport after an engine failed. 2 killed.
    Mar 14, 1995
    11:45
    Silvio Oltra
    Argentine race car driver
    Carlos Menem Jr.
    son of the president of Argentina
    San Nicholas, Argentina Bell 206-B3 Helicopter
    LV-WFZ
    Struck power lines while taking off. Menem was piloting the helicopter. 2 killed.
    Apr 27, 1995 Sylvester J. "Steve" Wittman
    91, aircraft designer and racer
    Stevenson, Alabama Wittman O&O
    N41SW cn:13
    Crashed after aileron wing flutter caused Wittman to lose control of the aircraft. The flutter was caused by the separation of fabric on the wing as a result of improper installation. Wittman and his wife both killed.
    Mar 2, 1996 Mamonas Assassinas
    Brazilian rock group
    São Paulo, Brazil Learjet 25
    PT-LSD cn:25D-243
    All eight aboard, including five members of the band were killed.
    Mar 22, 1996
    12:30
    Robert Overmyer
    59, U.S. astronaut
    Duluth, Minnesota Cirrus VK30 experimental
    N44VK
    Lost control, rolled inverted and crashed while flying a small test plane for Cirrus Design Corp. He was not able to free himself in time to use his parachute. 1 killed.
    Apr 3, 1996
    c 13:00
    Ron Brown
    55, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
    Near Dubrovnik, Croatia Boeing 737-T43
    73-1149
    cn:720396S
    Strayed off course and hit a hill 16 kms SE of Dubrovnik in poor weather. Crew used unapproved approach procedure. All 35 aboard killed.

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    Apr 11, 1996
    08:24
    Jessica Dubroff
    7, trainee pilot
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Cessna 177B Cardinal
    N35207
    Stalled after taking off into a thunderstorm and deteriorating weather. Engaged in transcontinental record. Overloaded. Pilot error. 3 killed.

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    Apr 16, 1996 Charlie Hillard
    62, aerobatic champion
    Lakeland, Florida Hawker Siddeley FB-60
    N222CH
    Veered off the runway and nosed over while attempting to land in a crosswind. Pilot's improper use of brakes and ailerons while landing in crosswind. 1 killed.
    Apr 18, 1996
    14:30
    Brook Berringer
    22, University of Nebraska quarterback
    Raymond, Nebraska Piper J3C-65 Cub
    N6510H
    cn:19696
    Crashed into an alfalfa field. Loss of engine power due to fuel starvation due to a partially closed fuel lever. Pilot error. Berringer was piloting the plane. 2 killed.
    May 11, 1996
    14:15
    Walter Hyatt
    46, singer, songwriter
    Rodney Culver
    26, San Diego Chargers running back
    Near Miami, Florida ValuJet
    Flight 592
    DC-9-32
    N904VJ cn:47377
    An in-flight fire caused by illegally transported oxygen generators lacking safety caps caused an uncontrollable fire and loss of control of the aircraft. The plane crashed into a swamp in the Everglades. All 110 aboard killed.

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    Jul 17, 1996
    20:31
    Marcel Dadi
    45, French country and western guitarist
    Sylvain Delange
    35, French artist
    Rico Puhlmann
    62, photographer
    Off East Moriches, New York Trans World AL
    Flight 800
    Boeing 747-131
    N93119 cn:20083
    An explosion in the center fuel tank of the aircraft caused the plane to break-up in mid-air and crash into the Atlantic Ocean. All 230 aboard killed.
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    Nov 23, 1996
    15:15
    Mohamed "Mo" Amin
    53, famous Kenyan photographer
    Off Moroni, Comoros Ethiopian Airlines
    Flight 961
    Boeing B-767
    ET-AIZ cn:23916/187
    Three drunken hijackers caused the plane to run out of fuel and crash 500 yards off shore. 127 of 175 people aboard were killed. details in
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    Mar 2, 1997 Lars Bergstrom
    62, sailboat, sailplane designer
    Near Sarasota, Florida Windex 1200
    Home-built experimental motorized sailplane
    Bergstrom was killed while he was performing stall tests in preparation for an air show.
    Jun 6, 1997 Jeffrey Ethell
    49, aviation writer
    Tillamook, Oregon P-38
    N7973
    Ethell, who was piloting the plane failed to maintain minimum control speed after loss of power in one engine, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control and collision with terrain. 1 killed.
    Aug 10, 1997
    13:30
    Marie-Soleil Tougas
    27, French Canadian movie actress
    Jean-Claude Lauzon
    43, French Canadian film director
    Near Kuujjuaqn, Quebec Canada Cessna 180K
    C-GIGK
    cn:18053048
    Flew into a mountainside in strong winds and rain while returning from a fishing trip. Cause unknown. 2 killed. details in
    database

    Oct 12, 1997
    17:28
    John Denver
    53, singer
    Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California Rutan Long EZ experimental
    N555JD cn:54
    Piloted by Denver. Lost control and went into a dive while reaching behind to turn a fuel transfer switch. 1 killed.

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    Jan 9, 1998
    17:56
    Richard Graff
    winemaker, co founder of Chalone Wine Group
    Salinas, California Cessna 182P
    N8158M
    Crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing at Salinas Airport after loosing engine power. Loss of power was due to a missing valve keep (maintenance error). 1 killed.
    Mar 15, 1998 Tal Shmuel Eldar
    45, Israeli Brigadier General
    Off Jerusalem, Israel Cobra attack helicopter Crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after the tail began to shake violently and separated from the aircraft during a training flight. 2 killed.
    Jul 26, 1998 Lt. General David
    McCloud
    51, U.S. Air Force
    Anchorage, Alaska Yakovlev Yak-54
    N354AM
    McCloud just completed a loop and four-step corkscrew turn when his plane went down in a near-vertical position into a small grove of trees. The pilot's inadequate remedial action to recover from an inverted spin, while performing aerobatics. 2 killed.
    Sep 2, 1998
    22:30
    Jonathan Mann
    52, AIDS researcher
    Joseph LaMotta
    49, noted chef, son of boxing champ Jake LaMotta.
    Off Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia Swissair
    Flight 111
    MD-11
    HB-IWF cn:48448
    Crashed into the Atlantic after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and cabin. A major fire broke out near the cockpit. All 229 aboard killed.
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    Nov 21, 1998
    17:43
    William GardnerKnight
    56, movie actor
    Edgewater, Maryland Burgess RV-6
    experimental
    N956DB
    The plane, piloted by Knight, failed to clear trees while attempting to land in the dark and crashed into Beard's Creek. 1 killed.
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    Dec 20, 1998
    18:30
    Phil Stubbs
    36, ocean rowing champion
    Auckland, New Zealand Piper PA-18
    ZK-BTX
    cn:18-7309
    Piloted by Stubbs, the plane took off, turned to the right and nose-dived into Karekare Beach. 2 aboard 1 killed.
    Apr 2, 1999 Michael Bell
    33, New Zealand boxer
    Tuatapere, New Zealand South West Helicopters
    Aerospatiale AS 350B
    ZK-HBH cn 1283
    Flew into trees in Rowallan forest, while en route on a hunting trip from Clifden to Fiordland. Possible pilot incapacitation. All 5 aboard killed.
    May 19, 1999
    17:25
    Juergen Staudte
    61, inventor of the quartz crystal for digital watches
    Near Tucumcari, New Mexico Piper PA-23E-250
    N54263
    cn:27-7554049
    After losing power in one engine during takeoff, the pilot attempted to return to land. When it was discovered the gear was not down a go-around was initiated. Soon after, the plane entered a left bank, stalled and crashed to the ground. 2 killed.
    Jul 16,1999
    21:39
    John F. Kennedy Jr.
    38, son of President Kennedy
    Off Martha's Vineyard,
    Massachusetts
    Piper Saratoga II
    N9253N
    cn:3213100
    Piloted by Kennedy, the aircraft went out of control and spiraled into into the Atlantic Ocean SW of Martha's Vineyard. Kennedy, not IFR qualified, lost reference with the ground. His wife and sister-in-law also killed. VFR flight into IFR conditions. All 3 aboard killed. details in
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    Sep 18, 1999
    16:05
    Gary Levitz
    61, champion air racer
    Reno, Nevada P-51R experimental
    N57LR
    cn:87-1002
    Crashed during the Reno National Championship Air Races after his plane suffered structural failure. 1 killed.
    Sep 25, 1999 Stephen Canaday
    55, former member of singing group Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    Nashville, Tennessee North American
    T-6-SNJ5
    N23ZH
    The vintage WW II plane he was riding in, rolled inverted and crashed into a tree. The pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall. Impairment of the pilot due to the use of drugs. 2 killed
    Sep 25, 1999 Mark Hanna
    40, preserver of vintage aircraft
    Sabadell, Spain Hispano Buchon Hanna was part of a large flying display when his plane crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land. Hanna died of his injuries a day later.
    Oct 25, 1999
    11:20
    Payne Stewart
    42, pro golfer
    Aberdeen, South Dakota Gates Learjet 35
    N47BA
    cn:060
    The aircraft flew out of control on autopilot for 1,500 miles before crashing in a field . Pressurization failure. All six aboard killed.
    details in database
    Oct 31, 1999 Claude Masson
    58, Canadian journalist
    Off Nantucket Island, Massachusetts EgyptAir
    Flight 990
    Boeing 767
    SU-GAP
    cn:24542/282
    After attaining an altitude of 33,000 ft. the aircraft made several dives before breaking apart and crashing into the Atlantic Ocean. All 217 aboard killed.
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    Dec 12, 1999
    16:45
    Peter La Haye Sr.
    59, inventor of implant lenses for cataract patients
    Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania Westwind 24 turbojet
    N50PL
    The aircraft impacted trees and crashed into woods while attempting to land. The accident was caused by improper assembly of the horizontal stabilizer trim actuator unit by maintenance personnel. All 3 aboard killed.
    Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents
    2000s


    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Jan 8, 2000
    14:45
    Joe Dan Petty
    52, Allman Brothers guitar tech and former member of Grinderswitch
    Macon, Georgia Beech 23
    N2336Z
    The plane collided with trees and burst into flames after the engine failed on climbout. Loss of engine power for undetermined reasons. 2 killed.
    Jan 31, 2000
    16:21
    Cynthia Oti
    radio financial talk-show host
    Dean Forshee
    guitarist
    Jean Gandesberry
    columnist
    Tom Stockley
    columnist
    Off Point Mugu, California Alaska Airlines
    Flight 261
    MD-83
    N963AS
    cn:53077
    Crashed into the ocean after the crew radioed they were having trouble with a jammed stabilizer. All 88 aboard killed. details in database
    Feb 8, 2000
    15:04
    Robert "Bob" Collins
    57, radio talk show host for WGN, Chicago
    Zion, Illinois Zlin Z-242L acrobatic plane
    N5ZA cn:0695
    Collin's plane, which he was piloting, collided with a Cessna 172 while attempting to land. Both planes then nose-dived and crashed. A total of 3 killed aboard both planes. An air traffic controller failed to properly separate the two planes.
    Feb 14, 2000
    11:45
    Tony LeeBettenhausen
    48, CART Indycar
    racing team owner
    Leesburg, Kentucky Beech Baron 58
    N875JC
    cn:TH-575
    While flying from Blountville Tenn. to Indianapolis, Bettenhausen reported ice on the wings and soon after lost control and spiraled into the ground. Failure of the pilot to maintain airspeed during a climb, initiated because of ice formation, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control. All 4 aboard including Bettenhausen's wife were killed.
    Mar 9, 2000
    c 08:45
    Artyom Borovik
    Russian journalist
    Moscow, Russia Vologodskiye Airlines
    Yakovlev 40
    RA-88170
    cn:9620847
    Climbed to 150 ft., lost control and crashed during takeoff. All 9 aboard killed.
    Apr 16, 2000 Bishop Thomas Lobsinger
    72, missionary
    Near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Cessna 172 Piloted by Lobsinger, the aircraft crashed on Fox lake.
    Jun 2, 2000 Svyatoslav Fyodorov
    72, Russian inventor who pioneered radial keratotomy surgery
    Near Moscow, Russia Helicopter Mechanical failure. All 4 aboard killed.
    Jun 19, 2000 William "Bill" Papas
    72, artist and journalist
    Nipmo Lake, British Columbia de Havilland Beaver floatplane Crashed into a lake while taking off on a fishing trip. Papas drowned while attempting to swim to shore in 40 degree water. 3 of 12 aboard killed.
    Jul 2, 2000 Salvator Socrates
    Philippine Governor
    Santiago Madrid
    Philippine Air Force general
    Palawan, Philippines Fokker 50 GAF Nomad Crashed after the military aircraft experienced engine trouble and tried to return to the airport. The pilot overshot the runway and crashed into the ocean. General Santiago Madrid also killed. All 12 aboard killed.
    Aug 4, 2000
    07:45
    Thomas Allgood Sr.
    71, former Georgia State Senator
    Augusta, Georgia Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage
    N198PM
    Collided with a utility pole, bus stop and brick wall while attempting to take off. Overloaded. All 3 aboard including Allgood's wife, killed.
    Oct 6, 2000
    22:05
    Charles B. Yates
    61, former state Senator from New Jersey
    Edgartown, Massachusetts Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A
    N60BT
    Crashed while approaching the airport at Martha's Vineyard after receiving an altitude alert. Yates was piloting the plane and his wife an 2 children were also killed. All 4 aboard killed.
    Oct 12, 2000 Gary McPherson
    37, Colorado state Rep.
    Kelowna, British Columbia Piper PA-24-250 Comanche
    N6917P
    McPherson who was piloting the plane, was not able to gain altitude while taking off from a grass strip at a lodge and crashed into trees. Flaps not extended. 3 of 4 aboard killed.
    Oct 16, 2000
    19:32
    Mel Carnahan
    66, Governor of Missouri
    Hillsboro, Missouri Cessna 335
    N8354N
    cn:335-0064
    Crashed into a densely wooded area in a high speed dive after reporting instrument problems. All three aboard killed, including an campaign aide and the governor's son who was piloting the aircraft. details in
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    Jan 27, 2001
    17:27
    Members of the Oklahoma State University basketball team Byers, Colorado Beech King Air 200
    N81PF
    cn:BB-158
    The aircraft banked sharply to the right and crashed on a farm in light snow shortly after taking off from Jefferson County Airport. Two members and six staffers of the Oklahoma State University basketball team killed along with 2 others. details in
    database
    Apr 4, 2001 Ibrahim Shamsul-Din
    Deputy Defense Minister of Sudan
    Adar Yeil, Sudan Antonov AN-24 Crashed on takeoff during a sandstorm, killing Sudan's deputy defense minister and 13 high-ranking military officers. 14 out of 30 killed. details in
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    May 22, 2001
    18:00
    Dr. Patricia Hilliard Robertson
    38, astronaut
    Manvel, Texas Wittman Tailwind W8 experimental
    N3GJ cn:GR 1
    Cartwheeled and crashed into trees as the pilot practiced takeoff and landing maneuvers. Robertson died of her injuries 2 days after the accident. 1 killed.
    Jul 8, 2001
    09:30
    Capt. Rolim Adolfo Amaro
    58, President and founder of the Brazilian airline TAM
    Near Juan Peter Caballero, Paraguay Robinson R-44 helicopter
    ZP-HRM
    Lost power from a height of 2,000 ft. and crashed to the ground. Amaro, was piloting the helicopter, was killed along with his secretary/girlfriend Patrícia dos Santos Silva. 2 killed.
    Jul 27,2001
    18:30
    Fernanda Vogel
    20, Brazilian fashion model
    Off Maresias, Brazil Augusta 109 helicopter
    PP-MPA
    The helicopter ditched into the ocean while attempting to land at Maresias and although all four survived the ditching only the co-pilot and Vogel's boyfriend were able to swim ashore. Vogel and the pilot drowned. 2 killed.
    Aug 25, 2001
    18:50
    Aaliyah Haughton
    22, singer and actress
    Marsh Harbour, Bahamas Cessna 402B
    N8097W
    cn:402B1014
    The aircraft crashed in flames past the end of the runway as the plane attempted to take off. Pilot had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his blood. All 9 aboard killed.
    details in database
    Aug 29, 2001
    16:00
    Graham "Shirley" Strachan
    49, Australian television and rock star
    Mt. Archer, near Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia Bell 47 helicopter Severe turbulence led to loss of control of the helicopter Strachan was piloting, causing it to crash into a rugged mountainside. 1 killed.
    Sep 11, 2001
    08:45
    David Angell
    54, creator and executive producer of "Frasier"
    Berry Berenson
    53, actress and photographer
    New York, New York American Airlines
    Boeing B-767
    Flight 11
    N334AA
    cn:22332/169
    The plane was hijacked by terrorists and deliberately crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
    details in database
    Sep 11, 2001
    09:03
    Garnet "Ace" Bailey
    53, former Boston Bruins hockey player. Scout for
    the LA. Kings.
    New York, New York United Airlines
    Flight 175
    Boeing B-767
    N612UA
    cn:21873/41
    The plane was hijacked by terrorists and deliberately crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
    details in database
    Sep 11, 2001
    09:45
    Barbara Olsen
    46, CNN/Fox commentator
    Arlington, Virginia American Airlines
    Flight 77
    Boeing B-757
    N644AA
    cn:24602/365
    The plane was hijacked by terrorists and deliberately crashed into the Pentagon.
    details in database
    Nov 24, 2001
    22:08
    Melanie Thornton
    34, American pop singer
    Maria Serano Serano
    Nathaly van het Ende

    both 27, members of the pop-music trio, Passion Fruit.
    Birchwil, Switzerland Crossair
    Flight 3597
    Avro RJ100
    HB-IMX
    cn:E-3291
    The plane crashed while attempting to land in rain and snow , 5.5 miles from Zurich Airport. 24 of 33 aboard, killed.
    details in database
    Jun1, 2002
    06:45
    Hansie Cronje
    32, former South African Cricket captain
    George, South Africa Airquarius Aviation
    Hawker Siddeley HS-748-372
    ZS-OJU
    cn:1782
    Croje was the lone passenger aboard the private postal service plane when it crashed into mountains after a missed landing attempt in poor weather. Croje caught a lift on the plane after missing his scheduled SAA flight. Croje was banned from playing cricket after a bribery scandal in 2000. details in database
    Aug11, 2002
    08:24
    Galen Rowell
    61,
    Barbara Rowell
    54,
    Nature photographers
    Bishop, California Aero Commander
    AC-690A
    N690TB
    cn:11109
    The couple were returning from an Arctic trip when the plane crashed 2 miles from Bishop Airport. All 4 aboard killed.
    Oct 25, 2002
    10:20
    Paul Wellstone
    54, Minnesota Senator
    Eveleth, Minnesota King Air A100
    N41BE
    cn:B-245
    Crashed 2 miles from Eveleth Municipal Airport while attempting to land in freezing rain and light snow. Wellstone, along with his wife, daughter and 3 staff members killed while campaigning. Pilot error in flying the plane too slowly on the approach until it stalled. All 8 aboard killed. details in database
    Oct 31, 2002 Lionel Poilâne57, famous French baker President of the French helicopter association Bay of Cancale, Brittany, France Helicopter
    Agusta 109
    The helicopter which Poilâne was flying crashed into the bay after fog rolled in affecting his visibility to land. He was on the way to his home on Ile des Rimains, His wife Irena was also killed. 2 killed.
    Nov 13, 2002
    13:09
    Henry Howard Taylor
    70, satellite TV broadcasting pioneer
    San Andreas, California Beechcraft Bonanza
    A36TC
    N32FW
    cn:EA-16
    The plane experienced engine failure while attempting to climb out after taking off. The aircraft went into a right turn and crashed into a bed of rocks in an otherwise grassy field. Two of 3 aboard killed.
    Feb 1, 2003
    8:00
    Rick Husband, 45
    William McCool, 40 Michael Anderson, 42 Kalpana Chawla, 41 David Brown, 46
    Laurel Clark, 41
    IIlan Ramon, 47

    Crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia
    Over north central Texas Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrated over north central Texas at 200,000 feet as it was approaching the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a landing. All 7 astronauts aboard were killed.
    Jun 06, 2003
    15:55
    Jesica Kaplan
    24, screenwriter
    Los Angeles, California Beechcraft Bonanza
    A36TV
    N1856P
    cn: EA-27
    The plane nose-dived into a 15 unit apartment house shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. All 4 aboard killed.
    Jul 30, 2003 Steve Hislop
    41, British superbike motorcycle champion.
    Hawick, Scotland Helicopter Crashed near a remote farmhouse. 1 killed.
    Dec 15, 2003
    01:24
    Steve Kaplan
    43, musical director for Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune game shows.
    Claremont, California Cessna 421C
    N6887L
    cn:421C1113
    Crashed into a house shortly after takeoff. Fatigue fracture of the right engine propeller. 1 killed.
    Feb 26, 2004
    08:01
    Boris Trajkovski
    47, president of Macedonia
    Bitonja, Bosnia-Herzegovina Beechcraft Super King Air 200
    Z3-BAB
    BB-652
    Crashed into mountains while attempting to land in poor weather at Mostar. All 9 aboard killed. Pilot error. The two-man crew misinterpreted crucial flight data in stormy weather. details in database
    Mar 1, 2004
    13:30
    Toni Onley
    75, Canadian artist
    Maple Ridge, Canada LA-4-200 Buccaneer
    C-GHJE
    cn: 646
    The floatplane Onley was piloting crashed into Fraser River while he was practicing takeoffs and landings. 1 killed.
    Apr 17, 2004
    11:05
    Soundarya
    32, Indian actress and film star
    Bangalore, India Cessna 180
    VT-EQU
    The aircraft crashed into a field and burned after taking off from Jakkur Aerodome. 4 killed.
    Apr 30, 2004
    18:15
    Ian Groom
    56, acrobatic pilot
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sukhoi SU-31
    N31SU
    cn: 01-02
    Crashed into the ocean while practicing spins for the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea show. 1 killed.
    Sep 11, 2004
    11:10
    Patriarch Pedros VII of Alexandria
    55, spiritual leader of orthodox Christians throughout Africa
    Off Mount Athos, Greece CH47D Chinook helicopter Crashed into the Aegean Sea, 5.5 nautical miles off Halkidiki peninsula Killing the Patriarch and clergy members. All 17 aboard killed. details in database
    Oct 1, 2004
    18:03
    Gertrude Dunn
    72, multi-sport athlete including playing for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 50s
    Avondale, Pennsylvania Piper PA-28-180
    N54397
    cn: 28-7405050
    Crashed on takeoff after the engine failed. 1 killed.
    Oct 24, 2004 Joseph "Ricky" Hendrick IV
    24, NASCAR race car driver
    Stuart, Virginia Beech 200
    N501RH
    Crashed into Bull Mountain due to pilot error in heavy fog. All 10 aboard killed.
    Jun 27, 2005
    13:20
    John Walton
    58, billionaire and second son to Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming CGS Hawk Arrow
    Ultra Light
    Crashed shortly after taking off from Jackson Hole Airport. Improper reinstallation of the rear locking collar on the elevator control torque tube, which loosened the elevator control cable tension. 1 killed.
    Jul 11, 2005 Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin
    57, 49 Air show pilots
    Moosejaw, Sasjacthewan Waco, 1940 Pitts Midair collision between the two flyers during an air show. 2 killed.
    Jul 30, 2005 Dr. John Garang
    60, Vice President of Sudan.
    Near New Kush, Sudan M1-172 helicopter Crashed into a mountain range in southern Sudan in poor weather and visibility. All 14 aboard killed.
    Oct 8, 2005
    21:03
    Art Vance
    64, champion air racer
    Near Monterey, Tennessee Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
    N4994V
    Crashed and burst into flames, while attempting an emergency landing on a median of Interstate 40. 1 killed.
    Jan 6, 2006
    03:55
    Eric Anthony Beard
    47, world famous stunt pilot
    Burlington, Washington Piper PA 34-200T Seneca
    N36107
    Crashed in a wooded area while on approach while on a routine flight for Airpac Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Seattle. 1 killed.
    Mar 13, 2006
    09:45
    Peter Tomarken
    63, former game show host (Press Your Luck)
    Off Santa Monica, California Bonanza A-36
    N16JR
    cn: E-443
    Crashed after experiencing engine trouble after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. An attempt to return to the airport failed and the plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay 200 yards offshore. Engine failure. Mechanic made an improper repair. 2 killed including Tomarken's wife.
    Apr 19, 2006
    15:12
    Scott Crossfield
    84, famous test pilot, aviator, aircraft designer
    Near Ellijay, Georgia Cessna 210A
    N6579X
    cn: 21057579
    Crashed in mountains about 60 miles Northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Flew into a level 6 thunderstorm. Plane broke up. 1 killed.
    Sep 10, 2006 Gabor Varga
    45, Swedish aerobatics champion
    Off Valletta, Malta Yak-55 Collided with an Extra 200, piloted by Eddie Groggins, during an aerobatics meet (Aero GP). 1 killed
    Sep 15, 2006 Pablo Santos
    19, actor
    Toluca, Mexico Piper Malibu The plane he was flying cashed over a mile short of the runway while attempting to land. 1 killed.
    Oct 11, 2006
    14:45
    Corey Lidle
    34, New York Yankee pitcher
    New York, NY Cirrus SR-20
    N929CD
    cn: 1930
    The small plane crashed into the 20th floor of a 50 story residential building in Manhattan shortly after sending a distress call. The pilot, who could not be determined, made too narrow of a turn in the flying corridor, stalled and lost control. 2 killed.
    Jul 28, 2007
    14:30
    Jim Leroy
    46, American aerobatic pilot
    Dayton, OH Bulldog Pitts 02
    N98MF
    cn: 1
    LeRoy’s plane was performing a stunt at the Vectren Dayton Airshow when he hit the ground and slid about 300 yards and burst into flames. 1 killed.
    Sep 3, 2007 Steve Fossett
    63, aviation adventurer
    Mammoth Lakes, California Citabria Super Decathlon
    N240R
    cn:635-80
    Crashed into a granite cliff at 10,000 feet, seven miles from Mammoth Lakes. 1killed. PC Inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane.
    Sep 16, 2007
    16:10
    Colin McRae
    39, Scottish World Rally Championship driver
    Lanark Scotland AS350B2 Squirrel Helicopter
    G-CBHL
    Crashed in a thick wooded area on the grounds of his Lanark home. McRae was piloting the hellicopter. His 5 year-old son was also killed. 4 killed.
    Mar 30, 2008
    14:30
    Richard Lloyd
    53
    David Leslie
    63, British race car drivers
    London, England Cessna 500 Citation I Crashed into homes in a residental area of Farnborough shortly after taking off from Briggin Hill airport. All 5 aboard killed.
    Sep 11, 2009
    07:30
    William "Skipper" Beck
    49, Businessman and co-owner of the Charlette Bobcats
    Rock Hill, South Carolina Cirrus SR-22
    N922XX
    cn:3455
    After departing Rock Hill Airport the plane attempted to return but nosedived into the taxiway. 1 killed.
    Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents
    2010s


    Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
    Apr 10, 2010
    10:50
    Lech Kaczynski
    60, President of Poland
    Smolensk, Russia Tupolev 154M
    101
    90A837
    The militiary jet crashed into a forest and broke-up while attempting to land in dense fog. The president's wife and 86 other high ranking government officials were killed. 96 killed.
    Aug 9, 2010
    22:15
    Ted Stevens
    86, Former Senator from Alaska
    Dillingham, Alaska de Havalland Otter
    N455A
    cn: 206
    The floatplane crashed on a mountainside in rain and fog. 5 of 9 aboard killed.
    Sep 2, 2011
    17:48
    Felipe Camiroagal,
    Popular Chilian TV entertainer
    Juan Fernandez Island, Chile CASA C-212
    966
    cn: 433
    The Chilian Air Force plane crashed 1 km the sea while attempting to land for a third time in strong winds. 21 killed.
    Sep 7, 2011
    15:50
    TLokomotiv Yaroslavl,
    Russian ice hockey team
    Yaroslavl, Russia Yakovlev 42D
    RA-42434
    cn: 4520424305017
    The plane failed to climb after takeoff and crashed into an antenna outside the airport perimeter and came to rest in the Volga River, 1km from the runway. 44 of 45 aboard killed.
    Feb 4, 2012
    15:55
    Michael de Gruy
    60, American cinematographer
    Andrew Wight
    52, Australian TV producer
    Berry, NSW, Australia Robinson R44 Raven II
    cn: 10421
    The helicopter crashed soon after taking off from Jaspers Brush Airport. Both were working on a documentary for National Geographic.
    Apr 6, 2012
    21:06
    Jose Wejebe
    54, Fishing show host on the Outdoor Channel
    Everglades City,
    Florida
    CA8-SF Exp
    N548SF
    cn: 0585552921
    The plane had just taken off when it crash landed in a field just off the runway and burst into flames. 1 killed.
    Dec 9, 2012
    03:30
    Jenni Rivera
    43, Mexican-American singer
    Near Iturbide, Mexico Learjet 25
    N345MC
    cn: 25-046
    The charter jet crashed while en route from Monterey to Toluca Mexico. 7 killed.
    Jun 13, 2014
    08:08
    Dr. Richard Rockefeller
    65, great grandson of John D. Rockefeller
    White Plains, New York Piper PA-46-500TP
    N5335R
    cn: 4697100
    Struck a tree while attempting to takeoff in fog and poor visibility. 1 killed.
    Jun 22, 2015
    09:30
    James Horner
    61, American film composer
    Near Cuyana, California Short PLC S312 Tucano MK1
    N206PZ
    Crashed while piloting his plane near Santa Barbara. 1 killed.
    Aug 28, 2016
    21:00
    Darrell Ward
    52, Star of cable channel TV show "Ice Road Truckers"
    Near Rock Creek, Montana Cessna 182
    N9936T
    Crashed and caught fire on a highway. 2 killed.
    Oct 13, 2016
    21:36
    Jim Prentice
    60, former Alberta premier
    Winfield, British Columbia, Canada Cessna 500 Citation I
    C-GTNB
    Crashed 8 minutes after taking off. 4 killed.
    Nov 28, 2016
    22:00
    Chapecoense soccer team
    Union, Colombia Avro RJ-85
    CP-2933
    Crashed in mountainous terrain. 71 killed.
    Dec 7, 2016 Junaid Jamshed
    52, famous Pakistani singer
    Near Havlien, Pakistan ATR-42-500
    PIA
    CP-293
    AP-BHO
    Crashed into mountains after running out of fuel. 37 killed,
    Dec 25, 2016 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir Near Ader, Russia Tupolev 154B-2
    RA-85572
    cn: 83A-572
    Crashed into the Black Sea soon after taking off from Ader. 92 killed.
    Sep 08, 2017 Troy Gentry
    50, country western singer
    Medford, New Jersey Schweitzer 269C
    N2091E
    cn: S1837
    Crashed while taking a short sightseeing trip around the airport resort he was to perform at. 2 killed.
    Nov 07, 2017 Roy Halladay
    40, former MLB pitcher who twice won the Cy Young award.
    Off Holiday, Florida Icon A5
    N922BA
    00022
    Crashed in shalllow water in the Gulf of Mexico. 1 killed.


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    2/3/59. The day the music died.
    10/12/97. Ditto.
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    Bin Laden's brother dies in a private jet in San Antonio?

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    Lot's of big names. Planes...ban them?

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    Quite a few of those wasnt on the up and up.

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    I always assumed Bin Laden was inspired by his father's plane crash which led to the World Trade Center attacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaFats View Post
    Bin Laden's brother dies in a private jet in San Antonio?
    Yes, as they use to do many business deals (OIL) with the Bush family.........
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    Bush ties to bin Laden haunt grim anniversary – The Denver ...

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    Was this because of President George Bush’s close ties to the bin Laden family? In 1978, Bush and Osama bin Laden’s brother, Salem bin Laden, ...
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    You know Keith, what I've always wondered, with all these ball clubs
    flying around all season don't you think there would be a plane crash?
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    Mar 28, 1950 Laurence Steinhart
    57, U.S. ambassador
    Ramsayville, Ontario, Canada Douglas C-47 Crashed in flames in a snow covered field. Enigne failure. 5 killed. One crew member parachuted to safetly.




    the first one is crazy, stood out that someone parachuted to safety while the others died. Apparently the survivor said everyone had a parachute but panicked when it came time to jump. They were hoping the pilot could land safely even tho pilot ordered them to bail out.

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    Here's the craziest one. I was going to research a little and look her up to see if she's still alive which she should be, but got lazy.



    This Northwest Airlines MD-82 crashed shortly after takeoff because the crew failed to extend the flaps and slats. One-hundred-fifty-four people aboard died. One 4 year-old girl survived

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    The Buddy Holly plane crash was a big one,all three singers were up and coming stars.

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    About as many that's on the Clinton death list.
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    Oct 20 1977 was the biggest one obviously, so much great music died on that day

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