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[edit]

(Click on date for associated article)

Date Team Sport Airline Aircraft Location Fatalities Description Ref
Total Team
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
Dieppe, France
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. [1][2][3]
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. [4][5]
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. [6]
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. [7]
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. [8]
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. [9][10]
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. [11]
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 [12]
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. [13]
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 [14]
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 [15]
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.[16] 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[edit]

(Click on date for associated article where present)

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. [17]
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 [18]
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 [19]
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 [20]
30 December 1986 Swift Current Broncos Ice hockey Bus Saskatchewan, Canada 4 4 members of team killed [21]
10 May 1987 Querétaro F.C. Association football Bus San Luis Potosí, Mexico 3 3 members of team killed [22]
20 January 1989 Samsunspor Association football Bus Samsun, Turkey 5 3 players and coach Nuri Asan killed [23]
24 January 1992 University of Notre Dame Swimming Bus Indiana, United States 2 2 members of the women's swim team killed [24]
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 [25]
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. [26][27][28]
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 [29]
16 March 2013 Seton Hill University Lacrosse Bus Pennsylvania, United States 2 1 coach and 1 bus driver killed [30]
28 February 2014 Carleton Ultimate Team Ultimate Car Minnesota, United States 3 3 members of team killed, 2 seriously injured [31]
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 [32]
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. [33]

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