List of fatalities from aviation accidents

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Aviators who died prior to 1912

Many notable human fatalities have resulted from aviation accidents and incidents.

Those killed as part of a sporting, political or entertainment group who flew together when the accident took place are usually only listed under the group sections; however, some are also listed as individuals.


Name Nationality Year Notability Flight/aircraft Crash site Cause/circumstances
Aaliyah  United States 2001 actress, singer, model and dancer Cessna 402 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, The Bahamas Maximum takeoff weight of airplane substantially exceeded, pilot under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.[1]
Adams, Michael JamesMichael James Adams  United States 1967 test pilot X-15 Flight 3-65-97 Randsburg, California, United States Breakup caused by malfunctioning control system
José Félix Estigarribia  Paraguay 1940 President of Paraguay Potez 25 Altos, Paraguay
Adolf II, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe Nazi Germany Germany 1936 royalty Ford Trimotor Zumpango, Mexico CFIT into a volcano
Alcock, Sir JohnSir John Alcock  United Kingdom 1919 aviator; flew first non-stop flight across Atlantic in a Vickers Vimy Vickers Viking Cottévrard, near Rouen, France Plane stalled and crashed in fog
Allison, DaveyDavey Allison  United States 1993 NASCAR driver Hughes 369 Talladega, Alabama, United States pilot error[2]
Ghazi al-Sadeq  Sudan 2012 Guidance and Endowments minister Antonov An-26 Nuba Mountains south Talodi, South Kordofan, Sudan 2012 Sudan Antonov An-26 crash Poor weather
Alsér, HansHans Alsér  Sweden 1977 table tennis player Linjeflyg Flight 618 Kälvesta, Sweden Icing of tailplane caused by engines being operated at too low a power setting for anti-ice to be effective
Amundsen, RoaldRoald Amundsen  Norway 1928 explorer Latham 47 Barents Sea disappearance
An Chang-nam  Korea 1930 Aviator Taiyuan, China [3]
Anderson, MaxieMaxie Anderson  United States 1983 Record-setting hot-air balloonist Hot-air balloon near Bad Brückenau, West Germany Gondola release mechanism malfunction
Anderson, Scott D.Scott D. Anderson  United States 1999 Test pilot, polymath, Cirrus Airframe Parachute System test pilot Cirrus SR20 Federal Prison Camp, Duluth Aileron jam during early production flight-testing[4]
Andersson, ElsaElsa Andersson  Sweden 1922 Aviator, parachutist Parachute Askersund, Sweden Parachute failure
Angell, DavidDavid Angell  United States 2001 producer American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Center North Tower, New York City, Manhattan, United States hijacking
Antikainen, ToivoToivo Antikainen  Finland 1941 Communist leader, military officer Arkhangelsk, Soviet Union Was allegedly killed in a plane crash, but some claim he died in Moscow under suspicious circumstances.
Appleton, SteveSteve Appleton  United States 2012 CEO of Micron at time of incident Lancair IV-P Boise Airport, Idaho, United States Error during emergency landing
Apt, MelMel Apt  United States 1956 test pilot Bell X-2 Edwards AFB, California, United States Pilot error
Arif, Abdul SalamAbdul Salam Arif  Iraq 1966 President of Iraq de Havilland Dove 1 Southern Iraq crashed in sand storm
Arthaud, FlorenceFlorence Arthaud  France 2015 sailor Eurocopter AS350 Villa Castelli, Argentina collided in mid-air; see Villa Castelli helicopter collision
Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco  Brazil 1967 President of Brazil small aircraft Fortaleza,Brazil midair collision
Bailey, Garnet "Ace"Garnet "Ace" Bailey  Canada 2001 ice hockey player (NHL) United Airlines Flight 175 World Trade Center South Tower, New York City, Manhattan, United States hijacking
Beamer, ToddTodd Beamer  United States 2001 9/11 attacks United Airlines Flight 93 Shanksville, Pennsylvania, United States hijacking by Ziad Jarrah
Baker, ValentineValentine Baker  United Kingdom 1942 World War I flying ace Martin-Baker MB 3 RAF Wing, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom engine failure
Balavoine, DanielDaniel Balavoine  France 1986 singer and songwriter Aérospatiale AS350 Ecureuil[5] Gourma-Rharous, Mali CFIT during a sandstorm, with Thierry Sabine when crashed
Balayogi, G. M. C.G. M. C. Balayogi  India 2002 politician Bell 206 Kaikalur, India mechanical failure, pilot error
Banting, FrederickFrederick Banting  Canada 1941 scientist: co-discovered insulin Lockheed Hudson Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada Engine problems
Bär, HeinrichHeinrich Bär  Germany 1957 test pilot LF-1 Zaunkönig Braunschweig, West Germany lost control of aircraft
Barbato, SilvioSilvio Barbato  Italy 2009 conductor and composer Air France Flight 447 Atlantic Ocean Pilot error
Barilko, BillBill Barilko  Canada 1951 ice hockey player (NHL) Fairchild 24 100 km N of Cochrane, Ontario, Canada pilot inexperience, poor weather, overloaded cargo
Barrientos, RenéRené Barrientos  Bolivia 1969 President of Bolivia helicopter Arque, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia rotors got caught on power lines[6]
Bassett, CharlesCharles Bassett  United States 1966 Astronaut Northrop T-38 Talon[6] St. Louis, Missouri, United States with Elliot See; 1966 NASA T-38 crash
Baťa, TomášTomáš Baťa  Czechoslovakia 1932 founder of Bata Shoes company Junkers F.13 Otrokovice, Czechoslovakia poor weather
Bavis, MarkMark Bavis  United States 2001 ice hockey player (AHL) United Airlines Flight 175 World Trade Center South Tower, New York City, Manhattan, United States hijacking
Beachey, Lincoln J.Lincoln J. Beachey  United States 1915 Aviator, stunt flyer Beachey-Eaton Monoplane[7] San Francisco, California, United States Demonstrating inverted flight at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Structural failure while attempting to pull up.
Becker, William D.William D. Becker  United States 1943 politician: mayor of St. Louis Waco CG-4A-RO[N 1] Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, United States Loss of right-hand wing due to wing strut fitting failure during demonstration flight;[8] Maj. William B. Robertson also dies in this accident[9]
Begich, NickNick Begich  United States 1972 US Congressman from Alaska Cessna 310 Alaska, United States Disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead. Hale Boggs was also in this flight.
Bennett, DerekDerek Bennett  United Kingdom 1978 Racing car designer, driver and founder/owner of Chevron Cars Ltd Scorpion B hang glider Lancashire, United Kingdom Pilot error in a hang glider
Berenson, BerryBerry Berenson  United States 2001 entertainer, actress, and photographer American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Center North Tower, New York City, Manhattan, United States hijacking
Berringer, BrookBrook Berringer  United States 1996 quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers Piper J-3 Cub Raymond, Nebraska, United States Pilot error (loss of engine power because of fuel valve mis-position)[10]
Bertaud, Lloyd W.Lloyd W. Bertaud  United States 1927 Aviator Old Glory North Atlantic Aircraft crashed during an attempt at a transatlantic flight from the United States to Italy.
Bessette, LaurenLauren Bessette  United States 1999 sister-in-law of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Piper Saratoga Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States pilot error. see John F. Kennedy, Jr. airplane crash
Bessette-Kennedy, CarolynCarolyn Bessette-Kennedy  United States 1999 wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Piper Saratoga Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States pilot error. see John F. Kennedy, Jr. airplane crash
Bettenhausen, Jr., TonyTony Bettenhausen, Jr.  United States 2000 racing CART driver/owner Beechcraft Baron Ann Milton Adams' farm, Harrison County, Kentucky, United States Airframe icing
Beurling, GeorgeGeorge Beurling  Canada 1948 World War II ace pilot Noorduyn Norseman Rome, Italy
Bhanot, NeerjaNeerja Bhanot  India 1986 flight attendant who saved lives during a hijacking Pan Am Flight 73 Karachi, Pakistan Hijacking
Bhabha, Homi J.Homi J. Bhabha  India 1966 nuclear physicist Air India Flight 101 Mont Blanc, France Flight dispatched without necessary navigation equipment for the route being flown
Bijedić, DžemalDžemal Bijedić  Yugoslavia 1977 politician: Premier of Yugoslavia Learjet 25 Kreševo, Yugoslavia poor weather conditions
bin Laden, MuhammadMuhammad bin Laden  Saudi Arabia 1967 entrepreneur and father of Osama bin Laden Beechcraft Model 18[6] Oom, 'Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
Laden, Salem binSalem bin Laden  Saudi Arabia 1988 entrepreneur and half-brother of Osama bin Laden Sprint ultra-light aircraft[5] San Antonio, Texas, United States flew into power lines
Blanchard, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Blanchard  France 1809 Hot air ballooning pioneer Hot air balloon The Hague, Netherlands Died from injuries sustained after falling off a balloon during cardiac arrest
Blanchard, SophieSophie Blanchard  France 1819 Female ballooning pioneer, wife of Jean-Pierre Blanchard Hot air balloon Jardin de Tivoli, Paris, France Fell to her death after balloon caught fire.
Boganda, BarthélemyBarthélemy Boganda  Central African Republic 1959 1st Prime Minister of the Central African Republic Nord Noratlas Boda, Lobaye, Central African Republic mid-air explosion
Boggs, HaleHale Boggs  United States 1972 politician: US Congressman from Louisiana Cessna 310 southern Alaska, United States Disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead. Nick Begich was also in this flight.
Bong, RichardRichard Bong  United States 1945 World War II fighter ace and test pilot Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star Burbank, California, United States Pilot error
Booth, Billy JoeBilly Joe Booth  United States 1972 Canadian football player for the Ottawa Rough Riders Piper Cherokee Dorchester, Ontario, Canada thunderstorm
Borland, BruceBruce Borland  United States 1999 golf course designer Learjet 35 Mina, South Dakota, United States (crash site). Location at time of death undetermined. Hypoxia. Payne Stewart also died in this plane crash.
Bose, Subhas ChandraSubhas Chandra Bose  India 1945 politician and freedom fighter Mitsubishi Ki-21 Taipei, Japanese Taiwan (alleged) Cause disputed
Bouceif, Ahmed OuldAhmed Ould Bouceif  Mauritania 1979 politician: Prime Minister of Mauritania de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo Dakar, Senegal
Branstetter, OlinOlin Branstetter  United States 2011 businessman and former Oklahoma state senator Piper PA-28 Cherokee N7746W Perryville, Arkansas, United States Controlled flight into terrain
Breistroff, MichelMichel Breistroff  France 1996 Ice hockey defenseman for the Ligue Magnus TWA Flight 800 East Moriches, New York, United States Mid-air explosion
Brown, RonRon Brown  United States 1996 politician: US Secretary of Commerce Boeing CT-43 Dubrovnik, Croatia pilot error
Bryjak, OlegOleg Bryjak  Germany 2015 Bass-baritone opera singer Germanwings Flight 9525 Prads-Haute-Bléone, France Deliberate flight into terrain
Budke, KurtKurt Budke  United States 2011 college basketball coach Piper PA-28 Cherokee N7746W Perryville, Arkansas, United States Controlled flight into terrain
Burcham, MiloMilo Burcham  United States 1944 test pilot for Lockheed Lockheed YP-80 Shooting Star Burbank, California, United States engine flame-out
Byron, William D.William D. Byron  United States 1941 politician; US Congressman from Maryland Eastern Air Lines Flight 21 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Inadvertently descended into trees due to incorrect altimeter setting. Eddie Rickenbacker survived this crash.
Cabili, TomasTomas Cabili  Philippines 1957 Philippine senator Douglas C-47 Skytrain Cebu City, Philippines (22 mi NW) see: 1957 Cebu Douglas C-47 crash
Camiroaga, FelipeFelipe Camiroaga  Chile 2011 television presenter (Television Nacional de Chile) Chilean Air Force CASA C-212 Aviocar off Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile under investigation
Campos, EduardoEduardo Campos  Brazil 2014 politician, presidential candidate in Brazilian general election, 2014 2014 Santos Cessna Citation accident Santos, Brazil Nose-down collision with ground during poor weather shortly after aborting landing, caused by pilot disorientation.
Cano, FannyFanny Cano  Mexico 1983 entertainer, actress Aviaco Flight 134 Madrid, Spain Collision resulting from runway incursion, caused by poor visibility and taxiway signage[5]
Cantelli, GuidoGuido Cantelli  Italy 1956 orchestral conductor Douglas DC-6 Paris-Orly Airport, France
Kaczyński, LechLech Kaczyński  Poland 2010 President of Poland Tupolev Tu-154M near Smolensk Air Base, Russia fog, pilot error: see 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash
Carnahan, MelMel Carnahan  United States 2000 Governor of Missouri Cessna 335 Goldman, Missouri, United States thunderstorm
Carlsson, BerntBernt Carlsson  Sweden 1988 Assistant-Secretary-General of the UN, UN Commissioner for Namibia Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie, Scotland, United Kingdom terrorism
Carranza, EmilioEmilio Carranza  Mexico 1928 Mexican "Charles Lindbergh" Ryan Brougham[11] Tabernacle, New Jersey, United States Weather?
Carter, SonnySonny Carter  United States 1991 Astronaut Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 Brunswick, Georgia, United States Malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit. Senator John Tower also died in this crash.
Cassinelli, ClaudioClaudio Cassinelli  Italy 1985 actor Bell 206B Page, Arizona, United States Rotor blades struck bridge due to pilot error and aircraft fell into canyon[12] during filming of Vendetta dal futuro
Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, KathleenKathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington  United States 1948 sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy de Havilland Dove Saint-Bauzile, Ardèche, France
Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, PrincessPrincess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark  Greece 1937 Princess of Greece and Denmark Junkers Ju 52 Ostend, Belgium crashed into a factory chimney (Sabena OO-AUB Ostend crash)
Cederström, CarlCarl Cederström  Sweden 1918 Aviator Blériot XI[13] Gulf of Bothnia
Cerdan, MarcelMarcel Cerdan  France 1949 world boxing champion Lockheed Constellation São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal CFIT: mountain
Charles, FrankFrank Charles  United Kingdom 1939 Motorcycle speedway rider Slingsby Petrel Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, East Midlands, England died in gliding competition
Chase, BillBill Chase  United States 1974 trumpet player and band leader Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Jackson, Minnesota, United States Poor weather[14]
Chávez, NéstorNéstor Chávez  Venezuela 1969 baseball player (MLB) Viasa Flight 742

Maracaibo, Venezuela

struck power lines during take-off
Chávez, JorgeJorge Chávez  Peru 1910 aviator Blériot XI[15] Domodossola, Italy inadequate repairs to aircraft
Christoph of Hesse, PrincePrince Christoph of Hesse Nazi Germany Germany 1943 Prince of Hesse Forlì, Italy
Cienfuegos, CamiloCamilo Cienfuegos  Cuba 1959 revolutionary Cessna 310 Caribbean Disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead
Cierva, Juan de laJuan de la Cierva  Spain 1936 inventor of the autogyro KLM Douglas DC-2 Croydon Air Port, South London aircraft hit house after taking off in fog; Arvid Lindman also killed
Clark, BuddyBuddy Clark  United States 1949 entertainer and singer Cessna Los Angeles, United States Pilot error
Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente  Puerto Rico 1972 baseball player (MLB) Douglas DC-7 off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico mechanical problems; overloaded plane
Cline, PatsyPatsy Cline  United States 1963 entertainer and country singer Piper Comanche[6] Camden, Tennessee, United States severe weather; Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were also killed in this accident.
Cocking, RobertRobert Cocking  United Kingdom 1837 watercolour artist and amateur scientist Dihedral Parachute Lee Green,England Parachute broke up in mid-air after release from a balloon[16]
Cody, SamuelSamuel Cody  United States 1913 aviation pioneer and showman Cody Floatplane Farnborough, Hampshire, England Aircraft broke up at 200 ft, thrown out of aircraft
Coleman, BessieBessie Coleman  United States 1926 aviator: first African-American woman pilot Curtiss JN-4 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Thrown from aircraft after controls jammed while she was riding as a passenger. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
Collins, BobBob Collins  United States 2000 entertainer: WGN (AM) radio personality Zlín Z 42 Waukegan, Illinois, United States runway collision
Collins, George W.George W. Collins  United States 1972 politician: US Representative from Illinois United Airlines Flight 553 Chicago, United States pilot error
Conolly, Richard L.Richard L. Conolly  United States 1962 United States Navy admiral American Airlines Flight 1 Jamaica Bay, Queens, New York, United States Loss of control at takeoff, due to autopilot malfunction caused by electrical short
Connolly, MauriceMaurice Connolly  United States 1921 politician: former US Congressman from Iowa Curtiss Eagle Indian Head, Maryland, United States severe weather
Cooke, Weldon B.Weldon B. Cooke  United States 1914 Aviator Wright aircraft Pueblo, Colorado, United States [17]
Cooper, JohnJohn Cooper  United Kingdom 1974 athlete: silver medalist at the 1964 Summer Olympics Turkish Airlines Flight 981 Ermenonville, France Cargo hatch failure and control cable failures
Copas, CowboyCowboy Copas  United States 1963 entertainer and country music singer Piper Comanche Camden, Tennessee, United States severe weather; Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins were also killed in this accident.
Corder, Frank EugeneFrank Eugene Corder  United States 1994 Cessna 150 Washington, D.C., United States Intentionally crashed the stolen airplane on the White House lawn
Cousteau, PhilippePhilippe Cousteau  France 1979 oceanographer PBY Catalina Lisbon, Portugal Nosed over during high speed water taxi
de Creed, JacquieJacquie de Creed  United Kingdom 2011 Record breaking stunt performer Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Mont Age, France Crashed whilst flying through dense fog at low altitude[18][19][20]
Croce, JimJim Croce  United States 1973 entertainer and singer Beechcraft Model 18 Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States collision with trees[21]
Cronje, HansieHansie Cronje  South Africa 2002 Cricket captain Hawker Siddeley HS 748 George, Western Cape, South Africa unserviceable navigational equipment
Crossfield, Albert ScottAlbert Scott Crossfield  United States 2006 test pilot Cessna 210[22] Gordon County, Georgia, United States Aircraft broke up in thunderstorm; ATC error; pilot error[22]
Cruse, VickiVicki Cruse  United States 2009 stunt pilot Zivko Edge 540 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, England Crashed during competition aerobatics. Aircraft failed to recover from a downwards snap roll manoeuvre, causing it to rotate until it struck the ground.[23][24]
Cruz, CarlosCarlos Cruz  Dominican Republic 1970 world boxing champion Dominicana DC-9 air disaster Punta Caucedo Mechanical failure
Culver, RodneyRodney Culver  United States 1996 American football player: National Football League player ValuJet Flight 592 Florida Everglades, United States Fire in-flight
Cutting, Bronson M.Bronson M. Cutting  United States 1935 politician: US Senator from New Mexico TWA Douglas DC-2 Atlanta, Missouri, United States bad weather
da Costa, Adelino AmaroAdelino Amaro da Costa  Portugal 1980 politician: Defense minister of Portugal Cessna 421[5] Loures, Portugal sabotage[5]
Dadi, MarcelMarcel Dadi  France 1996 entertainer and musician TWA Flight 800 East Moriches, New York, United States (8 mi E) Mid-air explosion
Dahl, Harold EvansHarold Evans Dahl  United States 1956 aviator during the Spanish Civil War Douglas DC-3 Canada severe weather
Darius, SteponasSteponas Darius  Lithuania 1933 aviator Lituanica Pszczelnik, Myślibórz County, Poland
Davidson, KennethKenneth Davidson  United Kingdom 1954 cricketer Boeing 377 Prestwick, Scotland
Davies, DonnyDonny Davies  United Kingdom 1958 cricketer and journalist Munich air disaster Munich, WestGermany failure to take off due to slush on runway
Davison, LiamLiam Davison[25]  Australia 2014 author Boeing 777-200ER Hrabove, Ukraine Airliner shootdown
de Havilland, Jr., GeoffreyGeoffrey de Havilland, Jr.  United Kingdom 1946 test pilot de Havilland DH 108 Hoo Peninsula aircraft broke up while carrying out high speed tests
de Havilland, JohnJohn de Havilland  United Kingdom 1943 test pilot de Havilland Mosquito Hatfield, England mid-air collision
Delagrange, LéonLéon Delagrange  France 1910 aviator and sculptor Bleriot XI Bordeaux, France
DeLay, B. H.B. H. DeLay  United States 1923 stunt pilot, airport owner, aviation-school owner the "Wasp" Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States substandard wing pins
Dell, GlenGlen Dell  South Africa 2013 aviator Extra EA-300 Secunda, Mpumalanga crashed during an airshow[26]
Denver, JohnJohn Denver  United States 1997 entertainer, singer, songwriter, actor Rutan Long-EZ Pacific Grove, California, United States aircraft unfamiliarity; faulty assembly (deviation from original design)
Des Forges, AlisonAlison Des Forges  United States 2009 investigator of human rights and an expert on the Rwandan genocide Colgan Air Flight 3407[27] Clarence Center, New York, United States Icing; pilot error
Diniz, LeilaLeila Diniz  Brazil 1972 actress Japan Airlines Flight 471 New Delhi, India Controlled flight into terrain
Dolhem, JoséJosé Dolhem  France 1988 racing car driver Mitsubishi MU-2[28] Saint-Étienne, France
Donatus, GeorgGeorg Donatus Nazi Germany Germany 1937 royalty: Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse Junkers Ju-52 Ostend, Belgium crashed into a factory chimney
Dornacker, JaneJane Dornacker  United States 1986 actress and radio station traffic reporter Enstrom F-28 New York City, United States Main rotor seizure due to improper maintenance. Dornacker was live on the air for WNBC (AM) at the time of the crash.
Dorton, RandyRandy Dorton  United States 2004 chief engine builder of Hendrick Motorsports Beechcraft Super King Air 200 Martinsville, Virginia, United States Pilot error. Several members of Hendrick family also died including Ricky Hendrick.
Drouin, Drouin  France 1928 aviator: test pilot Couzinet 27 France Aircraft failure
Dubroff, JessicaJessica Dubroff  United States 1996 aviator: 7-year-old aspiring pilot Cessna 177 Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States Aircraft lost control in thunderstorm; deliberate takeoff because of media commitments; pilot error
Dyess, WilliamWilliam Dyess  United States 1943 aviator: United States Army Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel Lockheed P-38 Lightning Burbank, California, United States Aircraft caught fire while on a training mission near highly populated Burbank, California. Instead of parachuting to safety, he remained at the controls and saved countless civilian lives by guiding it into a vacant lot.
Earhart, AmeliaAmelia Earhart  United States 1937 aviator: pioneer woman pilot Lockheed Model 10 Electra Pacific Ocean, near Howland Island Disappeared together with navigator Fred Noonan during global circumnavigation attempt, body never recovered, presumed dead.[N 2]
Eckert, BeverlyBeverly Eckert  United States 2009 activist: co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee Colgan Air Flight 3407[27] Clarence Center, New York, United States Icing; pilot error
Edwards, GlenGlen Edwards  United States 1948 test pilot, namesake of Edwards AFB Northrop YB-49 Edwards Air Force Base, United States aircraft broke apart
Ellsworth, Richard E.Richard E. Ellsworth  United States 1953 aviator: United States Air Force Brigadier General Convair B-36 Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador CFIT into a hill
Ellyson, Theodore GordonTheodore Gordon Ellyson  United States 1928 became first American naval aviator in 1911 Loening OL-7[29] Chesapeake Bay
Ely, EugeneEugene Ely  United States 1911 aviator: pioneer pilot in American naval aviation Curtiss Model D[30] Macon, Georgia, United States Crashed while pulling from a dive.
English, Robert HenryRobert Henry English  United States 1943 military: Rear-Admiral, Commander, Submarines, U.S. Pacific Fleet Pan Am Flight 1104 near Ukiah, California, United States pilot error
Ertl, HaraldHarald Ertl  Austria 1982 racing car driver of Formula One cars Beechcraft Bonanza Niederweidbach, NW Giessen, Germany engine failure
Estridge, Philip DonPhilip Don Estridge  United States 1985 project manager for IBM PC Delta Air Lines Flight 191[31] Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, United States Microburst-induced wind shear
Evans, WilliamWilliam Evans  United Kingdom 1913 Cricketer Cody Floatplane Farnborough, Hampshire, England Aircraft broke up at 200 ft, thrown out of aircraft
Fairey, JohnJohn Fairey  United Kingdom 2009 display pilot Percival Provost Bishop Norton, Lincolnshire, England
Farkhutdinov, IgorIgor Farkhutdinov  Russia 2003 politician: governor of Sakhalin Mil Mi-8 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia pilot error
Fernandão, Fernandão  Brazil 2014 footballer Helibras AS 350BA Aruanã River, 9 miles from Aruanã, Goiás under investigation
Fernandez, Manuel J. "Pete"Manuel J. "Pete" Fernandez  United States 1980 aviator: ace pilot in the Korean War Piper Geronimo Grand Bahama Island
Finch Hatton, DenysDenys Finch Hatton  United Kingdom 1931 game hunter de Havilland Gypsy Moth Voi, Kenya
Flockhart, RonRon Flockhart  United Kingdom 1962 racing car driver: 24 Hours of Le Mans winner CAC Mustang Australia Lost control in cloud[6]
Fort, CorneliaCornelia Fort  United States 1943 first WAFS fatality Vultee BT-13 Valiant 10 miles south of Merkel, Texas, United States mid-air collision
Fossett, James StephenJames Stephen Fossett  United States 2007 entrepreneur: commodities trader American Champion Decathlon Sierra Nevada Mountains, United States pilot error following downdrafts resulting in CFIT
Franklin, JimmyJimmy Franklin  United States 2005 aviator: aerobatic pilot Waco UPF-7 Moose Jaw, Canada collision with Bobby Younkin
Freudenberg, WinfriedWinfried Freudenberg  Germany 1989 Berlin Wall defectee Homemade balloon Zehlendorf, Berlin Cause of crash unknown, fell into a garden of a villa in an attempt to defect to West Berlin.
Furrer, ReinhardReinhard Furrer  Germany 1995 scientist and astronaut Messerschmitt Bf 108 Berlin lost control of aircraft
Gagarin, YuriYuri Gagarin  Soviet Union 1968 cosmonaut and the first man in space Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI[6] Kirzhach unknown
Gandhi, SanjaySanjay Gandhi  India 1980 son of Indira Gandhi Pitts S-2A Special Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi, India pilot error
Gannon, MatthewMatthew Gannon  United States 1988 investigator: CIA Officer Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland Terrorist bomb
Garang, JohnJohn Garang  Sudan 2005 politician: Vice President of Sudan Mil Mi-17
Gardel, CarlosCarlos Gardel  Argentina 1935 singer Ford Trimotor[32] Medellin, Colombia SACO Trimotor collided with a Trimotor of SCADTA while preparing for takeoff[32]
Gastall, TomTom Gastall  United States 1956 Major League Baseball player Ercoupe[33] Riviera Beach, Maryland
Geiger, HaroldHarold Geiger  United States 1927 Army Major, aviation pioneer, namesake of Geiger Field Airco DH.4 Olmsted Field, Pennsylvania
Geller, BruceBruce Geller  United States 1978 producer and creator of Mission: Impossible Cessna Skymaster Santa Barbara, California Weather conditions
Gent, EdwardEdward Gent  United Kingdom 1948 High Commissioner for the Federation of Malaya Avro York Northwood, London Northwood mid-air collision
George, Duke of Kent, PrincePrince George, Duke of Kent  United Kingdom 1942 royalty: Duke of Kent Short Sunderland Scotland CFIT in bad weather
Ghafoorzai, Abdul RahimAbdul Rahim Ghafoorzai  Afghanistan 1997 politician: prime minister of the Northern Alliance government Antonov An-32 Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
Girėnas, StasysStasys Girėnas  Lithuania 1933 aviator Lituanica Pszczelnik, Myślibórz County, Poland
Grace, CecilCecil Grace  United Kingdom 1910 aviator Short S.27 English Channel Disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead
Gracie, RollsRolls Gracie  Brazil 1982 martial artist: practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hang glider Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil
Graham, BillBill Graham  United States 1991 rock concert promoter Bell 206 Vallejo, California Flew into power lines
Gray, Richard E.Richard E. Gray  United States 1982 aviator: test pilot Cessna T-37 Tweet Edwards Air Force Base
Green, KeithKeith Green  United States 1982 entertainer: contemporary Christian musician Cessna 414[5] Lindale, Texas aircraft overloaded[5]
Grünewald, IsaacIsaac Grünewald  Sweden 1946 expressionist painter, modernist Junkers Ju 52[34] Oslo, Norway
Grzimek, MichaelMichael Grzimek  Germany 1959 zoologist Dornier Do 27 Serengeti, Tanzania collision with vulture
Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, PrincePrince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten  Sweden 1947 royalty: Hereditary Prince of Sweden Douglas DC-3 Kastrup, Denmark Locked elevator, pilot error
Haas, WernerWerner Haas  Germany 1956 motorcycle racer Jodel D9 Bebe near Neuburg/Donau, Germany [35]
Habyarimana, JuvénalJuvénal Habyarimana  Rwanda 1994 politician: President of Rwanda Dassault Falcon 50 Kigali, Rwanda Aircraft shot down by unknown assassins; Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira and 10 others also killed
Hamann, A. P.A. P. Hamann  United States 1977 City Manager of San Jose, California Tenerife disaster Canary Islands, Spain Airplane collision
Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood  United Kingdom 1932 soldier and politician Junkers F13 Meopham, Kent, United Kingdom Structural failure
Hammarskjöld, DagDag Hammarskjöld  Sweden 1961 Secretary-General of the United Nations 1953–1961 Douglas DC-6B Ndola, Rhodesia and Nyasaland CFIT - aircraft descended into wooded hill at night while on approach
Handley, WalWal Handley  United Kingdom 1941 motorcycle racer Bell P-39 Airacobra Kirkbampton, Cumberland, England
Hardin, JimJim Hardin  United States 1991 Major League Baseball player Beechcraft Bonanza Key West, Florida Propeller failure
Harding, MatthewMatthew Harding  United Kingdom 1996 Vice-Chairman of Chelsea Football Club Aerospatiale AS355 F1 Squirrel Middlewich, Cheshire, England Pilot error[36]
Harries, RaymondRaymond Harries  United Kingdom 1950 Second world war fighter ace Gloster Meteor Near Sheffield, Yorkshire, England fuel exhaustion
Harrison, Barbara JaneBarbara Jane Harrison  United Kingdom 1968 air stewardess Boeing 707 Heathrow Airport, London Awarded George Cross for her actions during the fire that befell BOAC Flight 712
Hawker, HarryHarry Hawker  Australia 1921 aviator: pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft Nieuport Goshawk Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, north London, England Distraction of a hemorrhage while in flight cause a crash.
Hawkins, HawkshawHawkshaw Hawkins  United States 1963 entertainer: country music singer Piper Comanche[6] Camden, Tennessee crashed in bad weather; Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas were also killed in this accident.
Heinz, JohnJohn Heinz  United States 1991 politician:US Senator from Pennsylvania Piper Aerostar Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania Mid-air collision with Bell 412[37]
Heinze, CheryllCheryll Heinze  United States 2012 politician: state legislator from Alaska Cessna 206 in Beluga Lake, Alaska near Homer Airport plane flipped upon landing
Hean, BrendaBrenda Hean  Australia 1972 environmental activist de Havilland Tiger Moth en route from Tasmania to Canberra vanished
Hellings, MackMack Hellings  United States 1951 racing driver Piper PA-20 Pacer[38] Kern County, California
Hendrick, RickyRicky Hendrick  United States 2004 racing driver, son of Rick Hendrick and owner of Hendrick Motorsports Beechcraft Super King Air 200 Martinsville, Virginia Pilot error. Several members of Hendrick family also died. Randy Dorton also died the crash.
Hicks, BonnyBonny Hicks  Singapore 1997 model, writer SilkAir Flight 185; Boeing 737 Palembang, Indonesia Crashed during in-flight
Hill, James DeWittJames DeWitt Hill  United States 1927 aviator Old Glory North Atlantic Aircraft crashed during an attempt at a transatlantic flight from the United States to Italy.
Hill, GrahamGraham Hill  United Kingdom 1975 F1 racing driver Piper PA 23-250 Turbo-Aztec Near Arkley golf course, North London Hit trees when coming in to land due to fog.[39]
Hill, Ployer PeterPloyer Peter Hill  United States 1935 test-pilot Boeing Model 299 Wright Field, Ohio Failure to remove gust locks before flight. Les Tower also died in this crash.
Hillblom, LarryLarry Hillblom  United States 1995 business executive, founder of DHL Express Republic RC-3 Seabee Saipan Disappeared[40][41]
Hindmarsh, John StuartJohn Stuart Hindmarsh  United Kingdom 1938 racecar driver and aviator, Le Mans 24 Hours winner Hawker Hurricane I St. George's Hill, Weybridge aircraft failed to recover from dive, possible carbon monoxide poisoning of pilot
Hinkler, BertBert Hinkler  Australia 1933 aviator de Havilland Puss Moth Pratomagno Alps in Italy
Hislop, SteveSteve Hislop  United Kingdom 2003 Motorcycle racer: Isle of Man TT winner Robinson R44 Hawick, Scotland Crashed after the main rotor struck the tailboom, causing it to detach, probably caused by excessively low rotor RPM[42]
Hitchcock, Jr., TommyTommy Hitchcock, Jr.  United States 1944 polo player North American P-51 Mustang Salisbury, Wiltshire, England aircraft failed to recover from dive
Holbert, AlAl Holbert  United States 1988 Racing driver: 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Piper Aerostar 601P[5] Ohio State University Airport, Columbus, Ohio lost control after takeoff with one half of two-part entry door open[5][43]
Holly, BuddyBuddy Holly  United States 1959 singer-songwriter Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, Iowa Pilot error (VFR into IMC); J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Richie Valens were also killed in this accident (see The Day the Music Died).
Horner, JamesJames Horner  United States 2015 film score composer Short Tucano Los Padres National Forest, California Under investigation[44]
Horthy, IstvánIstván Horthy  Hungary 1942 Deputy Regent of Hungary MÁVAG Héja Ilovskoye, Soviet Union aircraft stalled and crashed
Hubbs, KenKen Hubbs  United States 1964 Major League Baseball player Cessna 172[6] Provo, Utah VFR flight in Instrument meteorological conditions
Hubler, GaryGary Hubler  United States 2007 aviator and aircraft racer modified Tuttle Cassutt IIIM Reno, Nevada Collision with another airplane during the Reno Air Races Formula One race
Ibargüengoitia, JorgeJorge Ibargüengoitia  Mexico 1983 novelist and playwright Avianca Flight 011[5] Madrid, Spain Improper navigation during approach
Infante, PedroPedro Infante  Mexico 1957 entertainer: singer and actor Consolidated B-24 Liberator Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Jackson, GuyGuy Jackson  Ireland 1972 tennis player British European Airways Flight 548[45] Staines-upon-Thames, England pilot error
Jamshed, JunaidJunaid Jamshed  Pakistan 2016 singer Pakistan International Airlines Flight 661 Havelian, Pakistan Engine failure
Jantar, AnnaAnna Jantar  Poland 1980 entertainer: singer LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007[5] Warsaw, Poland Struck trees during landing go around
Jay, ShubaShuba Jay[46]  Malaysia 2014 actress Boeing 777-200ER Hrabove, Ukraine Airliner shootdown
Jayan  India 1980 entertainer: Malayalam film actor helicopter Sholavaram, Tamil Nadu accident whilst performing a film stunt
Jeffreys, PaulPaul Jeffreys  United Kingdom 1988 musician Pan Am Flight 103[5] Lockerbie, Scotland terrorism
Johnson, AmyAmy Johnson  United Kingdom 1941 aviator: pioneer woman pilot Airspeed Oxford Thames Estuary fuel exhaustion while ferrying aircraft due to 100% cloud cover at destination. Pilot abandoned aircraft over water and succumbed to hypothermia before rescue
Johnson, JedJed Johnson  United States 1996 designer TWA Flight 800 East Moriches, New York (8 mi E) Mid-air explosion
Johnson, MartinMartin Johnson  United States 1937 adventurer and film producer Western Air Express Flight 7 near Saugus, California CFIT into mountainous terrain
Johnstone, RalphRalph Johnstone  United States 1910 aviator. First American pilot fatality. He was the first of the Wright Flying Team to die. Wright Model B Denver, Colorado Crashed on November 17, 1910
Jones, CalCal Jones  United States 1956 football player, winner of the 1955 Outland Trophy Trans Canada Air flight 810 Mount Slesse, British Columbia, Canada Crash
Källén, GunnarGunnar Källén  Sweden 1968 theoretical physicist, professor Cessna[47] Hanover, Germany private plane
Kanellakis, ParisParis Kanellakis  Greece 1995 computer scientist, professor American Airlines Flight 965 Buga, Colombia Navigational errors by flight crew
Kapell, WilliamWilliam Kapell  United States 1953 classical pianist BCPA Flight 304 near Woodside, California CFIT into mountainous terrain
Kaynor, William KirkWilliam Kirk Kaynor  United States 1929 US Congressman from Massachusetts Fokker F.VII[48] Bolling Field near Washington, D.C.
Kelly, George E. M.George E. M. Kelly  United States 1911 Fourth American pilot killed after Ralph Johnstone, John B. Moisant and Arch Hoxsey. Second military aircraft death after Thomas Selfridge was killed as a passenger. Curtiss Model D San Antonio, Texas Aviator. Crashed from broken strut.
Kennedy, ByronByron Kennedy  Australia 1983 film director Bell 206B JetRanger Warragamba Dam, New South Wales, Australia Helicopter was flying at 10 foot when it hit the water with the rear of the skids when it attempted to climb, pilot error.
Kennedy, Jr., John F.John F. Kennedy, Jr.  United States 1999 son of John F. Kennedy Piper PA-32R Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard pilot error
Kennedy, Jr., Joseph P.Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.  United States 1944 older brother of John F. Kennedy Consolidated B-24 Liberator modified as a flying bomb near Blythburgh, Suffolk, England Killed on a combat flight during Operation Aphrodite
Rashid Karami  Lebanon 1987 Prime Minister of Lebanon Aérospatiale Puma Lebanon bomb
Khandu, DorjeeDorjee Khandu  India 2011 Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Eurocopter Lobotang, Arunachal Pradesh, India Poor Condition of the Helicopter.
Klingensmith, FlorenceFlorence Klingensmith  United States 1933 aviator Gee Bee Model Y Senior Sportster National Air Races, Chicago, Illinois Parachute fouled in fuselage during bail out after plane started breaking up.
Knubben, SigrudSigrud Knubben  Germany 1962 youngest female national speedboat champion and world-record holder Piaggio P.166 Mt. Oberalpstock / Swiss Alps hit mountain after loss of altitude due to heavy accumulation of ice [3] Sigrud Knubben
Koga, MineichiMineichi Koga  Japan 1944 admiral, Commander-in-Chief of Combined Fleet Kawanishi H8K Philippine Sea between Davao and Palau Aircraft disappeared in typhoon
Kincheloe, Jr., Iven CarlIven Carl Kincheloe, Jr.  United States 1958 Korean War ace pilot and test pilot Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Edwards Air Force Base
Kingsford Smith, CharlesCharles Kingsford Smith  Australia 1935 air pioneer Lockheed Altair Andaman Sea Disappeared during an England to Australia record flight attempt, body never recovered, presumed dead.
Kinnick, NileNile Kinnick  United States 1943 American football player; winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy Grumman F4F Wildcat Caribbean Training accident
Antony Bulwer-Lytton, Viscount Knebworth  United Kingdom 1933 politician Hawker Hart RAF Hendon aircraft failed to recover from dive while practising display for air pageant
Kranidiotis, GiannosGiannos Kranidiotis  Greece 1999 diplomat and politician. Dassault Falcon 900 Romania
Kronfeld, RobertRobert Kronfeld  Austria 1948 gliding champion and test pilot General Aircraft GAL.56 Hampshire, England, United Kingdom aircraft failed to recover from inverted dive during stall tests, observer bailed out at low altitude but pilot was unable to exit aircraft
Kulwicki, AlanAlan Kulwicki  United States 1993 NASCAR driver Fairchild Merlin IIIC Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Blountville, Tennessee Engine failure due to ice accumulation[49]
Ladner, WendellWendell Ladner  United States 1975 ABA basketball player Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, New York Windshear
LaMotta, JosephJoseph LaMotta  United States 1998 chef, son of Jake LaMotta Swissair Flight 111 Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia, Canada In-flight fire caused by faulty wiring of entertainment system
Lanet, Lanet  France 1928 aviator: test pilot Couzinet 27 France aircraft failure
Lange, JoepJoep Lange[50][51][52]  Netherlands 2014 president of the International AIDS Society Boeing 777-200ER Hrabove, Ukraine Airliner shootdown
Lefebvre, EugèneEugène Lefebvre  France 1909 First person to die while piloting a powered airplane and the second person to be killed in an airplane crash after Thomas Selfridge. Wright Model A Port-Aviation (Juvisy), France Crashed from 20 feet
Laroche, Raymonde deRaymonde de Laroche  France 1919 first woman to earn a pilot's license experimental Caudron Le Crotoy, France
Larriva, GuadalupeGuadalupe Larriva  Ecuador 2007 Defence minister of Ecuador Aérospatiale Gazelle Manta Air Base, Ecuador collision with another Gazelle during a night training flight
Lebed, AlexanderAlexander Lebed  Russia 2002 presidential candidate, governor of Krasnoyarsk Mil Mi-8 Yermakovsky District, Russia pilot error, foggy weather
Leland, MickeyMickey Leland  United States 1989 US Congressman from Texas de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter[5] Gambela Region, Ethiopia[53]
Lema, TonyTony Lema  United States 1966 champion golfer Beechcraft Twin Bonanza[6] near Munster, Indiana fuel starvation
Lemartin, LéonLéon Lemartin  France 1911 aviator Bleriot XI Paris, France Crashed on 18 June 1911 in Paris to London air race.
Letort, LéonLéon Letort  France 1913 aviator Bleriot XI Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire aerodrome Crashed on 10 December 1913 in Paris-Bordeaux-Paris air race
LeRoy, JimJim LeRoy  United States 2007 stunt performer Bulldog Airshows Pitts Special Dayton International Airport Failed recovery during airshow maneuver
Lewin, DanielDaniel Lewin  United States 2001 founder and CTO of Akamai American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Center North Tower, New York, NY Stabbed during hijacking
Lidle, CoryCory Lidle  United States 2006 Major League Baseball player Cirrus SR20 New York, NY pilot error; CFIT
Lilienthal, OttoOtto Lilienthal Germany Germany 1896 glider pioneer Lilienthal Normalsegelapparat Stölln, Havelland, Brandenburg, Germany wing stall
Lin Biao  China 1971 military commander Hawker Siddeley Trident Öndörkhaan, Mongolia fleeing a coup attempt
Lindman, ArvidArvid Lindman  Sweden 1936 Prime Minister of Sweden 1906–1911 and 1928–1930 KLM Douglas DC-2 Croydon Air Port, South London aircraft hit house after taking off in fog; Juan de la Cierva also killed
Litton, JerryJerry Litton  United States 1976 U.S. Representative from Missouri Beechcraft Baron Chillicothe, Missouri Engine failure during takeoff
Locklear, OrmerOrmer Locklear  United States 1920 aerobatic and stunt performer Curtiss "Jenny"[54] Los Angeles, California during filming of The Skywayman
Lowenstein, AlfredAlfred Lowenstein  Belgium 1928 entrepreneur and financier Fokker F.VII Fell from his plane over the English Channel
Lombard, CaroleCarole Lombard  United States 1942 actress TWA Flight 3
Douglas DC-3
Mount Potosi, Nevada, United States CFIT
Lundborg, EinarEinar Lundborg  Sweden 1931 aviator Svenska Aero Jaktfalken Malmslätt, Sweden test flight
Lundeen, ErnestErnest Lundeen  United States 1940 US Senator from Minnesota Pennsylvania Central Airlines Flight 19 Lovettsville, Virginia lightning strike
Lychner, PamPam Lychner  United States 1996 real estate agent & sex offender activist TWA Flight 800 Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York mid-air explosion
Lynn, NancyNancy Lynn  United States 2006 aerobatic pilot and flight instructor Extra EA-300 Culpeper Regional Airport, Culpeper, Virginia Disorientation while performing an aerobatic maneuver, which resulted in the airplane's inadvertent impact with the ground. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's overuse of prescription medication.[55]
Maccido, MuhammaduMuhammadu Maccido  Nigeria 2006 The 19th Sultan of Sokoto ADC Airlines Flight 53; Boeing 737 Abuja, Nigeria cause disputed
Machel, SamoraSamora Machel  Mozambique 1986 President of Mozambique Tupolev Tu-134 Mbuzini, Lebombo Mountains, South Africa CFIT during an instrument approach[56]
Mackay, ElsieElsie Mackay  United Kingdom 1928 socialite and Trans-Atlantic pioneer Stinson Detroiter Mid-Atlantic Disappeared without trace over the Atlantic[57]
Maclean, AlejandroAlejandro Maclean  Spain 2010 stunt pilot, Red Bull Air Race competitor Edge 540[58] Casarrubios del Monte, Province of Toledo Crashed into the ground during stunt routine[59]
Maeno, MitsuyasuMitsuyasu Maeno  Japan 1976 erotic film actor Piper Cherokee Setagaya, Tokyo CFIT into a house during a kamikaze attack
Magee, Jr., John GillespieJohn Gillespie Magee, Jr.  United States 1941 aviator and poet Supermarine Spitfire V AD291 Roxholm, England collision with an Airspeed Oxford
Magsaysay, RamónRamón Magsaysay  Philippines 1957 President of the Philippines Presidential plane crash: "Mt. Pinatubo" Mount Manunggal, Cebu, Philippines
Mann, JonathanJonathan Mann  United States 1998 AIDS researcher and WHO official Swissair Flight 111 Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia, Canada In-flight fire caused by faulty wiring of entertainment system
Mantz, PaulPaul Mantz  United States 1965 racing and stunt pilot Phoenix P-1[6] Winterhaven, California during filming of The Flight of the Phoenix
Marciano, RockyRocky Marciano  United States 1969 former world boxing champion Cessna 172[6] Newton, Iowa not qualified to fly on instruments[6]
Margerie, Christophe deChristophe de Margerie  France 2014 businessman, CEO of Total S.A. Dassault Falcon 50 Moscow, Russia ground collision; see 2014 Falcon 50 Vnukovo ground collision
Martin, Dean PaulDean Paul Martin  United States 1987 actor, singer and son of Dean Martin McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[5] San Bernardino Mountains. California During maneuvers with his Air Force Reserve unit[5]
Mata, EduardoEduardo Mata  Mexico 1995 orchestra conductor and composer. Piper Aerostar Toluca, Mexico Aircraft crashed after entering a stall while attempting emergency landing[60]
Mattei, EnricoEnrico Mattei  Italy 1962 President of Eni Morane-Saulnier MS.760 Paris Bascapè, Italy Crashed during stormy weather on approach to the Linate Airport. Unsubstantiated reports of a bomb explosion.[61]
McConnell, Joseph C.Joseph C. McConnell  United States 1954 Korean War ace pilot F-86H Sabre Edwards Air Force Base control malfunction attributed to a missing bolt
McCudden, JamesJames McCudden  United Kingdom 1918 World War I fighter ace Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a Auxi-le-Château, France Engine malfunction on takeoff
McDonald, LarryLarry McDonald  United States 1983 Congressman from Georgia Korean Air Lines Flight 007 Near Moneron Island, Soviet Union Shot down by Soviet air force
McGee, JackJack McGee  United States 1918 aviator Gallaudette Hydroplane Greenwich Bay Pontoon dipped into the water, causing his plane to topple into the water where he drowned.[62]
McRae, ColinColin McRae  United Kingdom 2007 Scottish rally driver Eurocopter AS350 Lanark, Scotland Pilot error[63][64]
Merriam, Alan P.Alan P. Merriam  United States 1980 ethnomusicologist LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007 Warsaw, Poland loss of control due to fire caused by disintegrating turbine disc
Meyer, EveEve Meyer  United States 1977 actress, Playboy centerfold June 1955 Tenerife disaster; Boeing 747-100 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain runway collision
Mickelson, George S.George S. Mickelson  United States 1993 Governor of South Dakota Mitsubishi MU-2 Dubuque, Iowa
Miller, GlennGlenn Miller  United States 1944 musician: Big Band leader Noorduyn Norseman English Channel disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead
Missoni, VittorioVittorio Missoni  Italy 2013 CEO of Missoni Transaereo 5074 Los Roques, Venezuela Unknown, under investigation
Mitchel, John PurroyJohn Purroy Mitchel  United States 1918 former Mayor of New York City Lake Charles, Louisiana Fell from airplane from not wearing a seatbelt; namesake of the former Mitchel Air Force Base.
Moffett, William A.William A. Moffett  United States 1933 U.S. Navy rear admiral USS Akron (ZRS-4) Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey Dirigible crashed and sank in storm
Mola, EmilioEmilio Mola Spain 1937 Nationalist General Airspeed Envoy Spain Flew into mountain
Mölders, WernerWerner Mölders Nazi Germany Germany 1941 leading Luftwaffe fighter ace Heinkel He 111 Breslau, Germany Passenger aboard aircraft that crashed while landing in thunderstorm
Moore, GraceGrace Moore  United States 1947 opera singer Douglas DC-3 Kastrup, Denmark locked elevator, pilot error
Morato, Joaquín GarcíaJoaquín García Morato  Spain 1939 Top fighter ace of Spanish Civil War Fiat CR.32 Spain Crashed during low-level aerobatic demonstration for newsreel cameras
Morgan, PaulPaul Morgan  United Kingdom 2001 racing car engineer and co-founder of Ilmor Engineering Hawker Sea Fury Sywell overturned on landing
Morrison, DeLesseps StoryDeLesseps Story Morrison  United States 1964 former Mayor of New Orleans Piper PA-23 Registration: N5211Y Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
Morrow, VicVic Morrow  United States 1982 actor Bell UH-1 Iroquois[5] Ventura County, California, between Santa Clarita and Piru Helicopter crashed on top of him after special effects explosion damaged its tail rotor during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie[5]
Moss, EdwardEdward Moss  United States 1964 aide of senator Ted Kennedy Aero Commander 680 Southampton, Massachusetts
Mouriño, Juan CamiloJuan Camilo Mouriño  Mexico 2008 Secretary of the Interior (Mexico) Learjet 45 Mexico City, Mexico
Muffat, CamilleCamille Muffat  France 2015 swimmer; Olympic gold medalist Eurocopter AS350 Villa Castelli, Argentina collided in mid-air; see Villa Castelli helicopter collision
Kuniko Mukoda  Japan 1981 writer, mainly television drama Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103 94 miles (151 km) south of Taipei, Taiwan Fuselage structure failure caused by corrosion
Munson, ThurmanThurman Munson  United States 1979 Major League Baseball player Cessna Citation I/SP Akron, Ohio
Murphy, AudieAudie Murphy  United States 1971 Medal of Honor recipient and actor Aero Commander 680 Catawba, Virginia FIT – Continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions.[65]
Necipoğlu, Fatma CerenFatma Ceren Necipoğlu  Turkey 2009 harpist Air France Flight 447 Atlantic Ocean controlled stalled flight into sea at night due to icing leading to pilot error
Nelson, RickyRicky Nelson  United States 1985 actor and singer Douglas DC-3[5] Near De Kalb, Texas Aircraft struck trees and utility poles during attempted emergency landing prompted by dense smoke in cabin[N 3][66][67]
Neumann, GerdaGerda Neumann  Denmark 1947 singer and actress Douglas DC-3 Kastrup, Denmark Locked elevator, pilot error
Neveu, GinetteGinette Neveu  France 1949 classical violinist Lockheed Constellation São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal CFIT: mountain
Niles, Charles FranklinCharles Franklin Niles  United States 1916 Pioneer aviator Moisant monoplane Fairgrounds Oshkosh, Wisconsin Crashed while performing a loop June 25, 1916; died of injuries June 26, 1916[68]
Noonan, FredFred Noonan  United States 1937 pioneering flight navigator Lockheed Model 10 Electra Pacific Ocean, near Howland Island Disappeared together with pilot Amelia Earhart during global circumnavigation attempt. Body never recovered, presumed dead.[N 2]
Notley, GrantGrant Notley  Canada 1984 politician: leader of the opposition in Alberta Piper Navajo Chieftain High Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Ntaryamira, CyprienCyprien Ntaryamira  Burundi 1994 President of Burundi Dassault Falcon 50 Kigali, Rwanda Aircraft shot down by unknown assassins; Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and 10 others also killed
Nutt, GradyGrady Nutt  United States 1982 minister and Christian comedian (Hee Haw) Beechcraft Baron 55 Cullman, Alabama cause of crash undetermined, weather (fog and rain) considered factors
Nutter, DonaldDonald Nutter  United States 1962 Governor of Montana Douglas C-47 Skytrain[6] Wolf Creek, Montana crashed during snow storm[6]
Nungesser, CharlesCharles Nungesser  France 1927 World War I flying ace Levasseur PL.8 North Atlantic Ocean Disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead
Olson, BarbaraBarbara Olson  United States 2001 lawyer and commentator American Airlines Flight 77 The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia hijacking
Ortiz, RudyRudy Ortiz  Guatemala 2014 military officer, head of the military Bell 206 El Aguacate, Nentón, Huehuetenango Department
Osuna, RafaelRafael Osuna  Mexico 1969 tennis player Boeing 727[6] Salinas Victoria, Mexico hit mountain during approach to land[6]
Ottolina, RennyRenny Ottolina  Venezuela 1978 TV producer and entertainer Cessna 310[69] Maiquetía, Venezuela disappeared, was a presidential candidate at the time.
Overmyer, RobertRobert Overmyer  United States 1996 NASA astronaut, test pilot Cirrus VK-30 Duluth, Minnesota, United States wing stall during full-flap stall testing
Pace, CarlosCarlos Pace  Brazil 1977 Formula One driver Piper Mairiporã CFIT, weather-related
Park, Kyung-wonKyung-won Park  Korea 1933 One of earliest Korean female aviators Salmson 2A2[70] Hakone, Japan fog
Passarell, AlAl Passarell  Canada 1986 politician DeHavilland Beaver[22] near Dease Lake, British Columbia passenger in float-equipped DHC Beaver that crashed in lake during attempt to land in glassy water conditions
Luiz, PedroPedro Luiz  Brazil -  Belgium 2009 Third in succession to the now extinguished throne of Brazil Air France Flight 447 Atlantic Ocean Pitot tube icing; pilots, confused by inconsistent air data, stalled the aircraft
Persson, John OlofJohn Olof Persson  Sweden 1989 Mayor of Stockholm 1973–1976 and 1979–1986 Beechcraft Model 99[71] Oskarshamn, Sweden Crash info in Swedish[72]
Pettay, VladimirVladimir Pettay  Russia 2011 Russian international football referee RusAir Flight 9605 Republic of Karelia, Russia Controlled flight into terrain
Edward Petre[73]  United Kingdom 1912 Aviation pioneer Handasyde monoplane Marske-by-the-Sea Gale caused crash whilst attempting emergency landing on route to Edinburgh on test flight
John Joseph (Jack) Petre[74]  United Kingdom 1917 WWI Fighter pilot, Squadron Commander, Croix de Guerre (France) Nieuport Scout Near Dernacourt He was demonstrating spiral nose dives as part of training novice pilots in combat techniques. Both wings snapped off plane.
Pettis, JerryJerry Pettis  United States 1975 Representative from California Beech Bonanza Banning, California Flew into obscured pass at low altitude.
Pilâtre de Rozier, Jean-FrançoisJean-François Pilâtre de Rozier  France 1785 Hot air ballooning pioneer Hot air balloon Wimille Crashed in an attempt to fly across the English Channel
Pilcher, PercyPercy Pilcher  United Kingdom 1899 inventor and aviation pioneer Glider The Hawk Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England Structural failure; tail detached from glider
Poilâne, LionelLionel Poilâne  France 2002 baker and entrepreneur Agusta A109[22] off Cancale crashed in sea during attempt to land on island off the coast in fog[22]
Post, WileyWiley Post  United States 1935 aviation pioneer Modified Lockheed Model 9 Orion Walakpa Bay near Barrow, Alaska engine failure; killed in the same crash as Will Rogers
Powers, Francis GaryFrancis Gary Powers  United States 1977 1960 U-2 incident pilot Modified Bell 206 Jet-Ranger (KNBC News Helicopter) Los Angeles, CA pilot error and fuel starvation
Purley, DavidDavid Purley  United Kingdom 1985 Formula One driver Pitts Special The sea off Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England
Quandt, HaraldHarald Quandt  Germany 1967 industrialist Beechcraft King Air[75] Italy
Queiroz, EdsonEdson Queiroz  Brazil 1982 entrepreneur VASP Flight 168 Serra da Aratanha, near Pacatuba, Ceará, Brazil
Quimby, HarrietHarriet Quimby  United States 1912 first licensed female pilot in the U.S. Blériot two seater[76] Squantum, Massachusetts Fell from airplane from not wearing a seatbelt
Radner, MariaMaria Radner  Germany 2015 Contralto singer Germanwings Flight 9525 Prads-Haute-Bléone, France deliberate flight into terrain
Rainger, RalphRalph Rainger  United States 1942 composer and songwriter Douglas DC-3 - American Airlines Flight 28 Chino Canyon, Riverside County, California, United States mid-air collision
Rama, ÁngelÁngel Rama  Uruguay 1983 writer, academic, and literary critic Avianca Flight 011, Boeing 747 near Madrid, Spain Controlled flight into terrain
Redding, OtisOtis Redding  United States 1967 singer-songwriter Beechcraft Model 18[6] Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Reddy, Y. S. RajasekharaY. S. Rajasekhara Reddy  India 2009 Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India Bell 430 Nallamala, India
Reeves, JimJim Reeves  United States 1964 country music singer Beechcraft Debonair[6] Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Rein, BoBo Rein  United States 1980 LSU Tigers college football coach Cessna 441[5] Atlantic Ocean near Norfolk, Virginia Plane veered well off course, ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Speculated loss of cabin pressure incapacitated Rein and pilot Lewis F. Benscotter.
Reventlow, LanceLance Reventlow  United States 1972 entrepreneur and racecar driver Cessna 206 Aspen, Colorado attempted to fly into a blind canyon and stalled the aircraft while trying to turn around.[77]
Rhoads, RandyRandy Rhoads  United States 1982 guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza[5] Leesburg, Florida crashed after wing clipped Ozzy Osbourne's tour bus during ultra-low-level fly-by[5]
Richardson, J. P. "The Big Bopper"J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson  United States 1959 singer, songwriter, disc jockey Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC); Buddy Holly and Richie Valens also died in this accident (see The Day the Music Died).
Richmond, Vincent CraneVincent Crane Richmond  United Kingdom 1930 airship designer Royal Airship Works R101 Beauvais, France damage to fabric covering in bad weather leading to loss of gas and lift causing gentle descent into ground followed by fire and explosion
Ridley, JackJack Ridley  United States 1957 test pilot Douglas C-47 Tokyo, Japan crashed into a snow-covered mountainside
Rivera, JenniJenni Rivera  United States 2012 singer Learjet 25 Nuevo Leon, Mexico undetermined cause of crash
Robertson, William B.William B. Robertson  United States 1943 aviator: co-founder of Lambert Field and Robertson Aircraft Corporation, Missouri Air National Guard commander Waco CG-4A-RO[N 1] Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, United States Loss of right-hand wing due to wing strut fitting failure during demonstration flight;[8] St. Louis mayor William D. Becker also dies in this accident[9]
Jesse Robredo  Philippines 2012 Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Piper PA-34 Seneca Waters near Masbate, Philippines Engine failure
Rockne, KnuteKnute Rockne  Norway 1931 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football coach TWA Flight 599 Bazaar, Kansas, United States structure failure of wing
Rodgers, Calbraith PerryCalbraith Perry Rodgers  United States 1912 aviator, made the first transcontinental airplane flight across the U.S. Wright "Vin Fiz Flyer" Long Beach, California Bird strike over water
Rogers, StanStan Rogers  Canada 1983 singer Air Canada Flight 797 Boone County, KY In-flight fire. Made emergency landing in Cincinnati Airport.
Rogers, WillWill Rogers  United States 1935 actor, humorist, singer Modified Lockheed Model 9 Orion Walakpa Bay near Barrow, Alaska Engine failure; killed in same crash as the Wiley Post
Roldós Aguilera, JaimeJaime Roldós Aguilera  Ecuador 1981 President of Ecuador Beechcraft Super King Air[5] Ecuador flew into mountain
Rolls, CharlesCharles Rolls  United Kingdom 1910 co-founder of Rolls-Royce Motors Modified Short-Wright Flyer Bournemouth, England tail structural failure.
Roloff, LesterLester Roloff  United States 1982 Christian evangelist, operator of teenage homes Cessna 210 near Normangee, Texas crash likely due to thunderstorm activity in the area
Rombin, HilleviHillevi Rombin  Sweden 1996 Miss Universe 1955, national decathlon Beechcraft Musketeer C-23[78] California, United States engine failure caused by improper maintenance
Rossi, MarieMarie Rossi  United States 1991 first female combat commander (US) Boeing CH-47 Chinook Northern Saudi Arabia collision with microwave tower
Rozanoff, ConstantinConstantin Rozanoff  France 1954 World War II ace and test pilot Dassault Mystère IV Melun, France electrical problems
Rusjan, EdvardEdvard Rusjan  Austria-Hungary 1911 first Slovene aviator, aircraft constructor Belgrade, Serbia
Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford  United Kingdom 1937 royalty and record-setting aviator de Havilland DH.60 Moth Major North Sea, off Great Yarmouth, England body never recovered
Sabine, ThierryThierry Sabine  France 1986 Paris-Dakar rally founder. Aérospatiale AS350 Ecureuil Mali CFIT during a sandstorm, with Daniel Balavoine
Sá Carneiro, FranciscoFrancisco Sá Carneiro  Portugal 1980 Prime Minister of Portugal Cessna 421[5] Camarate, Loures, district of Lisbon, Portugal sabotage[5]
Saitoti, GeorgeGeorge Saitoti  Kenya 2012 politician and Internal Security Minister 2012 Kenya Police helicopter crash (Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil) Near Nairobi, Kenya [79] Crew lost control of the helicopter in conditions of poor visibility
Sakamoto, KyuKyu Sakamoto  Japan 1985 singer Japan Airlines Flight 123 Mount Osutaka, Japan maintenance error leading to structural failure and hydraulic fluid loss with loss of control
Sample, WilliamWilliam Sample  United States 1945 U.S. Navy rear admiral Martin PBM Mariner near Wakayama, Japan wreckage and bodies not found for more than 37 months after crash
Santos, PabloPablo Santos  Mexico 2006 actor Piper PA-46 Toluca, Mexico
Saufley, Richard C.Richard C. Saufley  United States 1916 U.S. Navy aviation pioneer, altitude and endurance record holder Curtiss Model E Santa Rosa Island, Florida Crashed at 8-hour-51-minute mark of attempt to break own flight endurance record
Scindia, MadhavraoMadhavrao Scindia  India 2001 politician Cessna C-90 Bhogaon, India Engine fire
Schneider, Eddie AugustEddie August Schneider  United States 1940 transcontinental record holder Piper J-3 Floyd Bennett Field, New York mid-air collision
Scholl, ArtArt Scholl  United States 1985 aerobatic and stunt performer Pitts Special Near Carlsbad, California Failed to recover from inverted spin during filming of Top Gun[80]
Schuyler, PhilippaPhilippa Schuyler  United States 1967 musician helicopter Da Nang, Vietnam pilot error
See, ElliotElliot See  United States 1966 astronaut Northrop T-38 Talon[6] St. Louis, Missouri with Charles Bassett; 1966 NASA T-38 crash
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine deAntoine de Saint-Exupéry  France 1944 writer and aviator Lockheed F-5 Lightning Mediterranean Sea south of Marseille Crashed at sea, cause undetermined[N 4]
Selfridge, ThomasThomas Selfridge  United States 1908 First powered-airplane fatality. First military-aviation fatality. First passenger fatality. Namesake of Selfridge Field. Wright Model A Fort Myer, Arlington County, Virginia Right propeller failure. U.S. Army Signal Corp contract acceptance trial flight piloted by Orville Wright, who was seriously injured.[81][82]
Shaw, WilburWilbur Shaw  United States 1954 three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Cessna Decatur, Indiana weather
Ki-ha, ShinShin Ki-ha  South Korea 1997 four-term lawmaker and parliamentary leader Korean Air Flight 801[83][84] Nimitz Hill, Guam Improperly navigated approach
Shue, LarryLarry Shue  United States 1985 playwright Beechcraft Model 99[5] Grottoes Grove, Virginia hit mountain during approach to land[5]
Shuttleworth, Richard OrmondeRichard Ormonde Shuttleworth  United Kingdom 1940 Racing driver, aviator and collector Fairey Battle Near RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, England Flew into hill during solo night flying exercise
Singh, HanwantHanwant Singh  India 1952 Maharajah of Jodhpur Beechcraft Bonanza India
Sikorski, WładysławWładysław Sikorski  Poland 1943 Prime Minister of Poland Consolidated Liberator II Sea near Gibraltar night take-off and pilot - only survivor - states elevator jammed, unable to climb. aircraft hit water and sank
Smith, Larkin I.Larkin I. Smith  United States 1989 Congressman from Mississippi Cessna 177RG[5] Janice, Mississippi In flight loss of control by the Non-Instrument rated pilot after encountering Instrument meteorological conditions resulting in the airplane spiraling into a wooded area.[85]
Smith, ArtArt Smith  United States 1926 aviator Curtiss Carrier Pigeon[86] Montpelier, Ohio [87]
Smith, SamanthaSamantha Smith  United States 1985 young activist Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 Auburn, Maine Improper execution of instrument approach; failed to initiate timely go-around[88]
Smithson, RobertRobert Smithson  United States 1973 Land art artist Beechcraft Baron Amarillo, Texas pilot error
Snell, EarlEarl Snell  United States 1947 Governor of Oregon Beech Bonanza Lakeview, Oregon weather
Soundarya  India 2004 Kannada film actress, Kannada and Tamil actress Cessna 180[22] Bangalore, India aircraft crashed after takeoff[22]
Steinhardt, LaurenceLaurence Steinhardt  United States 1950 United States Ambassador to Canada Douglas C-47 Skytrain Ramsayville near Ottawa, Canada
Stevens, TedTed Stevens  United States 2010 former U.S. Senator de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter (DHC-3T turbine conversion) Dillingham, Alaska Cause undetermined. Former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe survived this crash.
Stewart, PaynePayne Stewart  United States 1999 champion golfer Learjet 35 Mina, SD (crash site). Location at time of death undetermined. Hypoxia. Bruce Borland also died in this plane crash.
Stilwell, Jr., Joseph WarrenJoseph Warren Stilwell, Jr.  United States 1966 Brigiadier-General United States Army Douglas C-47 Skytrain Pacific Ocean en route San Francisco – Honolulu Body never recovered, presumed dead. Aircraft failed to arrive in Honolulu
Strachan, Graeme "Shirley"Graeme "Shirley" Strachan  Australia 2001 singer, Skyhooks Bell 47[22] near Kilcoy, Queensland flew into mountain in turbulence[22]
Strandmark, ErikErik Strandmark  Sweden 1963 actor Cessna Skywagon[89] Trinidad and Tobago
Strunk, JudJud Strunk  United States 1981 singer, songwriter, comedian Fairchild PT-19 Carrabassett Valley, Maine Incapacitation – Pilot suffered heart attack during takeoff phase of flight[90]
Suleman, HarisHaris Suleman  United States 2014 Record attempt to become the youngest pilot to fly around the world in 30 days Beechcraft A36 Bonanza Pacific Ocean, near Pago Pago Crashing in the sea.[91][92]
Sweet, Thaddeus C.Thaddeus C. Sweet  United States 1928 U.S. Congressman from New York. An Army observation plane Whitney Point, New York
Swift, FrankFrank Swift  United Kingdom 1958 goalkeeper, Manchester City and England, journalist Munich air disaster Munich-Riem Airport, Germany Slushy runway conditions
Scorza, ManuelManuel Scorza  Peru 1983 author Aviaco Flight 134 Madrid, Spain Collision resulting from runway incursion, caused by poor visibility and taxiway signage[5]
Tallman, FrankFrank Tallman  United States 1978 stuntman Piper PA-23 Aztec Trabuco Canyon, California CFIT – Continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions[93]
Thanikaimoni, GanapathiGanapathi Thanikaimoni  India 1986 Palynologist Pan Am Flight 73 Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan Murdered on the ground by terrorists who hijacked the plane
Thibaud, JacquesJacques Thibaud  France 1953 classical violinist Lockheed Constellation Nice, France CFIT
Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, Christopher BirdwoodChristopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson  United Kingdom 1930 British Secretary of State for Air R101 disaster Beauvais, France Weather-related
Thorburn, JuneJune Thorburn  United Kingdom 1967 English actress Iberia Airlines Flight 062
(Sud Caravelle)
Blackdown, Sussex, England CFIT
Thornton, MelanieMelanie Thornton  United States 2001 singer, member of La Bouche Crossair Flight 3597 Bassersdorf, Switzerland Deliberate descent below minimum descent altitude (Decision Height) without having the required visual contact to the approach lights or the runway.[94]
Thulin, EnochEnoch Thulin  Sweden 1919 aeronautics industry leader, founder of AB Thulinverken Thulin K[95] Landskrona, Sweden Structural failure
Traba, MartaMarta Traba  Argentina 1983 author Aviaco Flight 134 Madrid, Spain Collision resulting from runway incursion, caused by poor visibility and taxiway signage[5]
Titterington, Morris MaxeyMorris Maxey Titterington  United States 1928 aviator and engineer Travel Air Snyders, Pennsylvania, United States Flew into mountain in bad weather
Todd, MikeMike Todd  United States 1958 film producer Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar Grants, New Mexico Icing
Todt, FritzFritz Todt Nazi Germany Germany 1942 Nazi official Junkers Ju 52 Rastenburg, Germany Crashed after take-off
Tolley, RickRick Tolley  United States 1970 Marshall University football head coach Southern Airways Flight 932 Huntington, West Virginia Descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a nonprecision approach under adverse operating conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment.[96]
Tomarken, PeterPeter Tomarken  United States 2006 former game show host, Press Your Luck Beechcraft Beechcraft A36 Bonanza[22] Santa Monica Bay engine failure after takeoff, due to maintenance error[22]
Torrijos, OmarOmar Torrijos  Panama 1981 Leader of the Panamanian Revolution (President) de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Marta Hill, Coclesito, near Coclé province, Panama Panamanian Air Force FAP-205 crash
Tower, JohnJohn Tower  United States 1991 former US Senator from Texas Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 Brunswick, GA Malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit.
Trajkovski, BorisBoris Trajkovski  Macedonia 2004 President of the Republic of Macedonia Beechcraft 200 Super King Air[22] near Mostar aircraft flew into mountain during approach to land in poor weather[22]
Travis, Robert F.Robert F. Travis  United States 1950 Brigadier general, U.S. Air Force; commander of USAAF 41st Bombardment Wing during World War II USAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base, Fairfield, California Attempted emergency landing due to runaway propellers and landing gear problems; 18 others killed in crash and massive post-crash explosion[97]
Troshev, GennadyGennady Troshev  Russia 2008 military commander Boeing 737 Perm, Russia pilot error, see Aeroflot Flight 821
Turner, CurtisCurtis Turner  United States 1970 NASCAR driver Aero Commander 500 Registration: N701X Mahaffey, Pennsylvania Engine failure on approach resulted in spin and subsequent crash; pilot impairment due to alcohol ingestion[98]
Ulm, CharlesCharles Ulm  Australia 1934 air pioneer, made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia Airspeed Envoy Pacific Ocean Disappeared, body never recovered, presumed dead. Was flying between mainland United States and Hawaii during US-Australia record flight attempt.
Valens, RitchieRitchie Valens  United States 1959 singer Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC); Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson also died in this accident (see The Day the Music Died).
Vanos, NickNick Vanos  United States 1987 NBA player for the Phoenix Suns Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Flightcrew failed to deploy flaps/slats prior to takeoff resulting in stall[99]
Vastine, AlexisAlexis Vastine  France 2015 boxer Eurocopter AS350 Villa Castelli, Argentina collided in mid-air; see Villa Castelli helicopter collision
Vaughan, Stevie RayStevie Ray Vaughan  United States 1990 guitarist and singer Bell 206B JetRanger Registration: N16933 Elkhorn, Wisconsin impact with hillside during fog/inclement weather[100]
Vlaicu, AurelAurel Vlaicu  Romania 1913 engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot Vlaicu-2 Câmpina, Romania in attempt to be the first to fly across the Carpathian Mountains
Richthofen, Lothar vonLothar von Richthofen Germany Germany 1922 World War One ace pilot LVG C.VI Fuhlsbüttel, Germany
Walker, Joseph A.Joseph A. Walker  United States 1966 test pilot Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Barstow, California Collided with North American XB-70 Valkyrie in a tight group formation for a publicity photo
Walton, John T.John T. Walton  United States 2005 son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton CGS Hawk Arrow[22] Jackson Hole, Wyoming control failure due to maintenance error[22]
Welch, GeorgeGeorge Welch  United States 1954 World War II Pearl Harbor and test pilot North American F-100 Super Sabre Edwards AFB demonstration flight
Wellstone, PaulPaul Wellstone  United States 2002 US Senator from Minnesota Beechcraft A100 King Air[22] Eveleth, Minnesota aircraft stalled and crashed during approach to land in snow[22]
Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, PeterPeter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam  United Kingdom 1948 8th Earl FitzWilliam de Havilland Dove France
Westover, OscarOscar Westover  United States 1938 Major General, Chief of the United States Army Air Corps Northrop A-17AS Burbank, California aircraft crashed in crosswind short of runway on landing approach
Wever, WaltherWalther Wever Nazi Germany Germany 1936 Generalleutnant, Chief of the Luftwaffe General Staff Heinkel He 70 Dresden, Germany aircraft crashed on takeoff due to maintenance error
William of Gloucester, PrincePrince William of Gloucester  United Kingdom 1972 royalty Piper PA-28R Arrow near Wolverhampton Airport, England aircraft he was piloting crashed immediately after take-off while he was participating in Goodyear Trophy Air Race[101][102]
Williams, Jr., Arland D.Arland D. Williams, Jr.  United States 1982 investment banker Air Florida Flight 90 Washington, D.C. and Arlington County, Virginia Atmospheric icing, Pilot error due to poor weather
Willows, ErnestErnest Willows  United Kingdom 1926 Welsh airship pioneer balloon Hoo Park, Kempston, Bedford, England
Wilson, AlAl Wilson  United States 1932 movie actor and stunt pilot Curtiss Model D (replica) Cleveland, Ohio collision with autogyro at Cleveland Air Races
Wingate, OrdeOrde Wingate  United Kingdom 1944 soldier and founder of the Chindits North American B-25 Mitchell India
Wittman, SteveSteve Wittman  United States 1995 aircraft designer and builder and air-race pilot Wittman O&O (Experimental) Registration: N41SW Stevenson, Alabama In-flight break-up due to improperly installed wing fabric[103]
Witteveen, WillemWillem Witteveen[104]  Netherlands 2014 Senator, legal scholar and author Boeing 777-200ER Hrabove, Ukraine airliner shootdown
Yenko, DonaldDonald Yenko  United States 1987 former racecar driver and owner and founder of Yenko Chevrolet Cessna 210[5] Charleston, West Virginia landing error[5]
Zia-ul-Haq, MuhammadMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq  Pakistan 1988 President of Pakistan Lockheed C-130 Hercules[5] near Bahawalpur, Pakistan sabotage[5]
Zuyev, AleksandrAleksandr Zuyev  Russia 2001 fighter pilot and Eastern Bloc defector Yakovlev Yak-52 Bellingham, Washington Aircraft failed to recover from an accelerated stall
Zavascki, TeoriTeori Zavascki  Brazil 2017 supreme court judge small aircraft Paraty, Rio de Janeiro Under investigation.[105]

Musical groups[edit]

Name Nationality Year Description of members Flight/aircraft Location Cause/circumstances
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. Richardson  United States 1959 All three tourmates were killed, along with pilot Roger Peterson Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, Iowa, United States CFIT; see The Day the Music Died
Bar-Kays  United States 1967 Four of six members, including Ronnie Caldwell and Phalon Jones; also killed was soul singer Otis Redding Beechcraft Model 18 Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin, United States Cause undetermined
Chase  United States 1974 Four of eight band members were killed (Bill Chase, Walter Clark, John Emma and Wally Yohn) Piper Twin Comanche Jackson, Minnesota, United States CFIT during landing descent[106]
The Blackwood Brothers  United States 1954 Baritone singer and pilot R.W. Blackwood and bass singer Bill Lyles Beechcraft Model 18 Clanton, Alabama, United States Aircraft stalled during attempted landing
Lynyrd Skynyrd  United States 1977 Lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and back-up singer Cassie Gaines 1977 Convair 240 crash[107] Northeast of Gillsburg, Mississippi, United States Aircraft stalled due to fuel exhaustion during emergency landing attempt
Mamonas Assassinas  Brazil 1996 All five members were killed. Learjet 25 Cantareira mountain range, Brazil CFIT
Fanfarekorps Koninklijke Nederlandse Landmacht  Netherlands 1996 23 out of 37 band members of the Royal Netherlands Army Fanfare were killed. Lockheed C-130 Hercules Eindhoven Airport, Netherlands Ingested birds in engine during approach; known as Herculesramp
Passion Fruit  Germany 2001 Two of the Eurodance trio died: Maria Serrano Serrano and Nathalie van het Ende. Crossair Flight 3597 Bassersdorf, Switzerland CFIT; crashed in hills short of runway during landing approach
Reba McEntire's band  United States 1991 Guitarist Chris Austin, backup singer Paula Kaye Evans, bassist Terry Jackson, bandleader Kirk Cappello, guitarist Michael Thomas, drummer Tony Saputo, and keyboardist Joey Cigainero British Aerospace BAe 125 San Diego, California, United States Pilot's failure to maintain proper altitude and clearance over mountainous terrain, and the copilot's failure to adequately monitor the progress of the flight[108]

Political groups[edit]

Name Nationality Year Description of members Flight/aircraft Location Cause/circumstances
Participants of the 60th National Defence Course  Finland 1978 15 fatalities, including 4 Members of the Parliament, 3 executives of governmental agencies, 3 business executives and 2 military commanders. Douglas DC-3 Rissala, Finland 1978 Finnish Air Force DC-3 crash
National Assembly of the Republic of Poland  Poland 2010 President Lech Kaczyński; First Lady Maria Kaczyńska; Former president of the Republic of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski; Senator Janina Fetlińska; Stanisław Komorowski; Andrzej Kremer, Tomasz Merta and others[109] Tupolev Tu-154M Smolensk North Airport, Smolensk 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash

Sporting teams[edit]

Name Nationality Year Description of members Flight/aircraft Location Cause/circumstances
Alianza Lima  Peru 1987 43 fatalities, including 16 players (several members of the Peru national football team during that time), Peru coach Marcos Calderon, staff, cheerleaders, and crewmembers, with the exception of one survivor (the plane pilot) Fokker F27-400M In the Pacific Ocean, six miles from Ventanilla, Callao, Peru Malfunctioning indicator
Apex Motorsports  United Kingdom 2008 Three people total: team manager Richard Lloyd, driver David Leslie and a data engineer. Cessna Citation 501 Farnborough, London 2008 Farnborough plane crash
Associação Chapecoense de Futebol  Brazil 2016 75 people died on crash,45 of them were from the Brazilian Soccer Team Chapecoense. It´s the worse air crash in South America involving sport´s team LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 Medellín, Colombia LaMia Airlines Flight 2933
Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics women's team  Bulgaria 1978 Trainer Juliet Shishmanova, Rumyana Stefanova, Valentina Petrova Albena Kirilova, Snezhana Mikhailova and Popova Sevdalina. Tupolev Tu-134 1978 Balkan Bulgarian Tupolev Tu-134 crash
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club  United Kingdom 1974 346 fatalities, including 18 Members of Rugby Team Turkish Airlines Flight 981 - McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Orly Airport, Paris, France Decompression after a cargo door failed.[110]
Cuban national fencing team  Cuba 1976 all 24 members of the team, trainers and the coach Cubana Flight 455 Payne's Bay, Barbados Bombing
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  United States 1960 16 members of the American football team and six others Cal Poly football team plane crash
Embassy Hill  UK 1975 six people total, including former F1 world champion Graham Hill, driver Tony Brise, team manager Ray Brimble, two mechanics and designer Andy Smallman. Piper Aztec Arkley crashed on golf course while attempting to land at nearby Elstree Airfield in fog
University of Evansville basketball team  United States 1977 29 players, staff and fans Douglas DC-3
Hendrick Motorsports  United States 2004 10 people associated with the team, including family, team crew, and pilots 2004 Hendrick Motorsports aircraft crash
Iowa State University cross country women's team  United States 1985 7 people associated with the team, including 3 runners, 3 coaches/staff, and pilots
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl  Russia 2011 36 players and head coach Brad McCrimmon Yakovlev Yak-42 Near Yaroslavl, Russia 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster
Manchester United  United Kingdom 1958 23 people total; including eight footballers: Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, and Billy Whelan; coach Bert Whalley, trainer Tom Curry, and club secretary Walter Crickmer. Airspeed Ambassador Munich-Riem Airport Munich air disaster
Marshall University football team  United States 1970 35 players, eight coaches, and 25 boosters Southern Airways Flight 932
Oklahoma State University  United States 2001 ten people associated with men's basketball team (including two players) Beechcraft Super King Air
Old Christians Club rugby team  Uruguay 1972 24 of 40 team members, basis for 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors; survivors resorted to cannibalism Fairchild FH-227 Andes Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571
FC Pakhtakor Tashkent  Soviet Union 1979 17 players Tupolev Tu-134 In the air above Dniprodzerzhynsk 1979 Ukraine Aeroflot mid-air collision
Puerto Rico national women's volleyball team  Puerto Rico 1970 most members of the team Dominicana de Aviación McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Saskatchewan Roughriders  Canada 1956 five players returning from Vancouver Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810
Colourful 11 football team  Netherlands
1989 fourteen players and a coach: Ruud Degenaar, Lloyd Doesburg, Steve van Dorpel, Wendel Fräser, Frits Goodings, Jerry Haatrecht, Virgall Joemankhan, Andro Knel, Ruben Kogeldans, Ortwin Linger, Fred Patrick, Andy Scharmin, Elfried Veldman, Florian Vijent and Nick Stienstra (coach) Surinam Airways Flight PY764
A.C. Torino  Italy 1949 18 players, club officials, and journalists Superga air disaster
U.S. Olympic boxing team  United States 1980 all team members except for Bobby Czyz, Marvis Frazier and Lee Roy Murphy LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
USAC officials  United States 1978 8 lead officials Piper Navajo
U.S. Figure Skating team  United States 1961 all 18 skaters, coaches, and judges Sabena Flight 548 Brussels, Belgium Possible failure of flight controls
Wichita State University football team  United States 1970 31 players, coaches and supporters Martin 4-0-4 Silver Plume, Colorado Wichita State University football team plane crash
Zambia national football team  Zambia 1993 All 18 footballers, including Efford Chabala and Wisdom Mumba Chansa de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo Libreville, Gabon Gabon air disaster

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