List of accidents involving sports teams
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This is a list of accidents where all or part of a major sports team had been killed or seriously injured.
Sports teams fatalities from aviation accidents and incidents
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|31 March 1931||Notre Dame||American football||Transcontinental & Western Air||Fokker F.10||Bazaar, Kansas, United States||8||1||Famed football coach Knute Rockne killed.|
|8 November 1948||Czechoslovakia national ice hockey team||Ice hockey||Mercure||Beechcraft Model 18||English Channel off
|8||6||Six players on the way to an exhibition tour in the UK were killed in the crash of a charter flight from Paris to London while eight other players were opening the tour at Wembley having flown a day earlier. The dead included Ladislav Troják, posthumously to become a member of the Slovak Hall of Fame.|||
|4 May 1949||Torino F.C.||Association football||Avio Linee Italiane||Fiat G212CP||Superga, Turin, Italy||31||23||Eighteen players of the Grande Torino and five club officials were killed when the plane crashed on its landing approach to the Turin airport.|
|5 January 1950||VVS Moscow||Ice hockey||Soviet Air Force||Lisunov Li-2||Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union||19||13||Almost the entire team was killed in a crash during a fifth attempt to land at Koltsovo Airport at Sverdlovsk (modern day Yekaterinburg) in extremely adverse weather conditions involving a heavy snowstorm with strong winds.|
|24 November 1956||TJ Baník Chomutov||Ice hockey||Czechoslovak Airlines||Ilyushin Il-12B||Eglisau, Switzerland||23||5||Three players, two top club officials and a reporter were among others on board the scheduled flight from Zurich to Prague, which crashed in fields after an engine failure. All on board perished.|||
|9 December 1956||Saskatchewan Roughriders
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
|Canadian football||Trans-Canada Air Lines||Canadair North Star||Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada||62||5||Five players were killed returning home from that year's all-star game held in Vancouver, BC. The plane crashed into Mount Slesse near Chilliwack after encountering severe icing and turbulence over the mountains.|
|6 February 1958||Manchester United||Association football||British European Airways||Airspeed AS-57 Ambassador||Munich, West Germany||23||11||Eight players and three club staff members killed when their plane failed to take off on its third attempt. Of the remaining team, two players received career-ending injuries.|||
|14 August 1958||Egypt national fencing team||Fencing||KLM||Lockheed L-1049H-01-06-162 Super Constellation||Atlantic Ocean off Ireland||99||6||Six players killed.|
|16 July 1960||Danish Olympic football triallists||Association football||Zone-Redningskorpset||De Havilland Dragon Rapide||Copenhagen, Denmark||8||8||Eight players killed.|
|29 October 1960||California Polytechnic State University||American football||Arctic Pacific||Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando||Toledo, Ohio, United States||22||17||Sixteen players killed.|
|15 February 1961||US figure skating team||Figure skating||Sabena||Boeing 707||Brussels, Belgium||73||25||Entire team killed while en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.|
|3 April 1961||C.D. Green Cross||Association football||LAN Chile||Douglas C-47A-35-DL||Llico, Chile||24||8||Eight members of the team killed.|||
|6 February 1965||Antonio Varas||Association football||LAN Chile||Douglas DC-6B-404||Andes Mountains, Chile||87||22||Twenty-two players and staff of team killed.|
|28 January 1966||Italy national swimming team||Swimming||Lufthansa||Convair CV-440||Bremen, West Germany||46||8||Eight members of team were killed.|
|26 September 1969||The Strongest||Association football||Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano||Douglas DC-6||Viloco, Bolivia||74||20||Seventeen players and three team staff members were killed.|
|15 February 1970||Puerto Rico women's national volleyball team||Volleyball||Dominicana de Aviación||McDonnell Douglas DC-9||Caribbean Sea near Las Américas Int'l Airport||102||12||The head coach and eleven players were killed.|||
|2 October 1970||Wichita State University||American football||Golden Eagle Aviation||Martin 4-0-4||Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States||31||15||14 players and coach Ben Wilson killed. One of two planes en route to game vs. Utah State University. Other plane with reserve players and assistant coaches landed safely at Logan, Utah.|
|14 November 1970||Marshall University||American football||Southern Airways||McDonnell Douglas DC-9||Wayne County, West Virginia, United States||75||46||Most of the team killed as plane hit tree line and exploded upon impact as it made final approach to Tri-State Airport in Ceredo, West Virginia. Plane was flying team back to campus after game at East Carolina University. Among those killed were 37 players and 9 coaching staff members.|
|13 October 1972||Old Christians Club||Rugby union||Uruguayan Air Force||Fairchild FH-227||Argentina||29||12||Eleven players were killed. Survivors resorted to cannibalism until their rescue on December 23.|
|13 February 1975||Västra Frölunda IF||Ice hockey||Baron Air||Cessna 402||Gävle, Sweden||0||0[note]||Seven players injured when Baron Air SE-GGN crashed.|||
|29 November 1975||Embassy Racing With Graham Hill||Formula 1||N/A||Piper PA-23||North London, England||6||6||Six team members killed while returning from a test session at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The dead included recently-retired double Formula One champion Graham Hill (who piloted the plane) and driver Tony Brise.|
|6 October 1976||Cuban National Fencing Team||Fencing||Cubana de Aviación||Douglas DC-8||Seawell Airport, Bridgetown, Barbados||73||24||24 members of the 1975 national Cuban fencing team were all killed as a result of a bomb on board.|
|13 December 1977||University of Evansville||Men's basketball||Air Indiana||DC-3||Evansville, Indiana, United States||29||19||Entire team (save one player) and coaching staff, along with members of the press, boosters, and plane crew, are all killed in crash shortly after take-off from Evansville en route to a game against Middle Tennessee State University. The sole team member who did not board the plane died in a car crash two weeks later.|
|11 August 1979||FC Pakhtakor Tashkent||Association football||Aeroflot||Tupolev Tu-134||Dniprodzerzhynsk, Soviet Union||178||17||Entire team killed in mid-air collision|
|10 January 1980||Louisiana State University||American football||Private||Cessna 441 Conquest II||Atlantic Ocean off Virginia||2||1||Coach Bo Rein and pilot killed when plane flew well off course and crashed after running out of fuel|
|14 March 1980||US amateur boxing team||Boxing||LOT Polish Airlines||Ilyushin Il-62||Warsaw, Poland||87||14||Killed a 14-man American boxing team|
|25 November 1985||Iowa State Cyclones women's cross country team||Cross country running||Private||Aero Commander twin-engine||Des Moines, Iowa, United States||7||6||All killed on the return trip from the 1985 Championships. 15 other members of the men's team and coaching staff were aboard 2 other planes which successfully made the trip the same night.|||
|8 December 1987||Alianza Lima||Association football||Peruvian Navy||Fokker F27||Lima, Peru||43||23||Entire team killed|
|7 June 1989||Colourful 11||Association football||Surinam Airways||Douglas DC-8||Paramaribo, Suriname||176||15||15 players died, 3 survived with career-ending injuries|
|1 April 1993||Alan Kulwicki Racing||NASCAR||private plane||Swearingen Merlin III||near Blountville, Tennessee, United States||4||1||NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki, two executives of the Hooters restaurant chain, and the pilot were killed while on approach to the nearby Tri-Cities Regional Airport.|
|27 April 1993||Zambia national football team||Association football||Zambian Air Force||De Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo||Atlantic Ocean off Gabon||30||22||All killed. Their captain and star player Kalusha Bwalya was slated to travel separately from his European club and so was the only player left of the entire squad|
|27 January 2001||Oklahoma State University||Men's basketball||Charter flight||Beechcraft Super King Air||Strasburg, Colorado, United States||10||8||Two players killed, as well as some team staff and media|||
|1 June 2002||South African Cricket||Cricket||Private Flight||Hawker Siddeley HS 748||Outeniqua Mountains, George, South Africa||3||1||Hansie Cronje, aged 32, and the two pilots were killed instantly.|||
|24 October 2004||Hendrick Motorsports||NASCAR||Charter flight||Beechcraft Super King Air||Martinsville, Virginia, United States||10||3||Flight featured race team president John Hendrick, chief engine builder Randy Dorton, and former driver Ricky Hendrick among the victims. All aboard were killed.|
|30 March 2008||Apex Motorsports||Sportscar racing||Charter flight||Cessna Citation 501||Farnborough, London, England||5||3||All killed (one team manager, driver and a data engineer).|
|15 July 2009||Iran's national youth judo team||Judo||Caspian Airlines||Tupolev Tu-154||Qazvin, Iran||168||10||All killed, eight athletes and two coaches|
|7 September 2011||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl||Ice hockey||Yak-Service||Yakovlev Yak-42||Yaroslavl, Russia||44||37||All killed, one player survived impact but died in hospital|||
|17 November 2011||Oklahoma State University||Women's basketball||Charter flight||Piper PA-28 Cherokee||Perryville, Arkansas, United States||4||2||Head coach, assistant coach, and others|||
|28 November 2016||Chapecoense||Association football||LaMia Bolivia, CA Charter Flight||Avro RJ85 (BAe 146)||La Unión, Antioquia, Colombia||71||42||Crashed at Medellín, Colombia en route to attend the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals against Atletico Nacional. Among those killed were: 19 players, 14 club staff members, 9 club board members and 4 Fox Sports Brazil journalists. Three players survived the crash.|
1. ^ Frölunda chartered three planes to carry the entire team's roster, one of which carried seven team members and crashed.
Accidents involving other modes of transport
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|31 October 1903||Purdue University||American football||Train||Indiana, United States||17||14 members of team killed|
|22 January 1927||Baylor University||Basketball||Bus||Texas, United States||10||10 members of team killed|
|3 October 1936||L'Aquila Calcio||Association football||Train||Lazio, Italy||15||Coach dead and all players forced to quit professional football due to injuries in a train crash in Contigliano, on the Terni–Sulmona railway. Team was relegated never managed to recover the second-tier Serie B league. 15 or more were killed.|||
|5 July 1951||Þór Akureyri||Association football & Athletics||Bus||Óshlíð, Iceland||2||2 members of club killed, one was part of the football team the other was part of the Athletic team|||
|3 January 1973||Vestal High School||Swimming||Bus||New York, United States||3||3 members of the boy's swimming team killed, 15 others injured when the bus skidded on ice and overturned on the Southern Tier Expressway|||
|24 November 1974||Sherbrooke Castors||Ice hockey||Bus||Quebec, Canada||1||1 member of team killed, 29 injured|
|21 January 1984||Whitefish High School||Wrestling||Bus||Montana, United States||9||9 members of the boy's wrestling team killed, 18 others injured when the bus skidded on ice and collided with a gas tanker truck that was jackknifed in the middle of the road US Highway 2|||
|30 December 1986||Swift Current Broncos||Ice hockey||Bus||Saskatchewan, Canada||4||4 members of team killed|||
|10 May 1987||Querétaro F.C.||Association football||Bus||San Luis Potosí, Mexico||3||3 members of team killed|||
|20 January 1989||Samsunspor||Association football||Bus||Samsun, Turkey||5||3 players and coach Nuri Asan killed|||
|24 January 1992||University of Notre Dame||Swimming||Bus||Indiana, United States||2||2 members of the women's swim team killed|||
|21 May 1992||California Angels||Baseball||Bus||New Jersey, United States||0||manager Buck Rodgers, three coaches, four players and four others injured when bus ran off the New Jersey Turnpike|||
|29 January 2005||Windsor Wildcats U-21 Female Hockey||Ice hockey||Bus||New York, United States||4||Team coach, 2 passengers, and truck driver killed, 19 others injured when the team bus veered off the road and hit an illegally parked semi-trailer truck.|||
|2 March 2007||Bluffton University||Baseball||Bus||Georgia, United States||7||5 members of team killed, 2 bus drivers|
|12 January 2008||Bathurst High School||Basketball||Van||New Brunswick, Canada||8||7 members of team killed, 1 teacher|
|15 January 2009||Brasil de Pelotas||Association football||Bus||Canguçu, Brazil||3||2 players and one member of staff killed|||
|16 March 2013||Seton Hill University||Lacrosse||Bus||Pennsylvania, United States||2||1 coach and 1 bus driver killed|||
|28 February 2014||Carleton Ultimate Team||Ultimate||Car||Minnesota, United States||3||3 members of team killed, 2 seriously injured|||
|26 September 2014||North Central Texas College||Softball||Bus||Oklahoma, United States||4||4 members of team killed|
|6 April 2018||Humboldt Broncos||Ice hockey||Bus||Saskatchewan, Canada||16||10 players, 2 coaches, statistician, radio announcer, athletic trainer, and bus driver killed; 13 injured|||
|15 January 2020||College of the Holy Cross||Rowing||Van||Vero Beach, Florida, United States||1||1 member of the women’s rowing team killed, 7 others injured including 1 coach when the van made a left turn into the path of a truck.|||
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