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This is a list of notable human aviation fatalities.

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Note: People who died with their team or band will not be listed here.

Name Nationality Year Notability Flight/Aircraft Location Cause/Circumstances
Aaliyah  USA 2001 actress, singer, model & dancer Cessna 402 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, The Bahamas maximum takeoff weight of airplane substantially exceeded,[1] pilot intoxicated
Michael J. Adams  USA 1967 test pilot X-15 Flight 3-65-97 Randsburg, CA aircraft broke up
Adolf II, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe  GER 1936 royalty Ford Trimotor Zumpango, Mexico State CFIT into a Volcano
Davey Allison  USA 1993 NASCAR driver Hughes 369 helicopter Talladega, AL pilot error[2]
Hans Alsér  SWE 1977 table tennis player Linjeflyg Flight 618 Kälvesta, Sweden mechanical failure; pilot error
Roald Amundsen  NOR 1928 explorer Latham 47 Barents Sea disappearance
Elsa Andersson  SWE 1922 aviator, parachutist Askersund, Sweden Parachute failure
Gunnar Andersson  SWE 1974 aviator Medelpad, Sweden
David Angell  USA 2001 producer American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Center North Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Mel Apt  USA 1956 test pilot Bell X-2 Edwards AFB Pilot error
Abdul Salam Arif  IRQ 1966 President of Iraq helicopter Southern Iraq ???
"Ace" Garnet Bailey  CAN 2001 ice hockey player (NHL) United Airlines Flight 175 World Trade Center South Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Valentine Baker  GBR 1942 World War I flying ace Martin-Baker MB 3 England engine failure
Daniel Balavoine  FRA 1986 singer and songwriter Ecureuil helicopter Mali CFIT during a sandstorm
G. M. C. Balayogi  IND 2002 politician Bell 206 helicopter Kaikalur, West Godavari district mechanical failure, pilot error
Frederick Banting  CAN 1941 scientist: co-discovered insulin Lockheed Hudson Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland Engine problems
Heinrich Bär  GER 1957 test pilot LF-1 Zaunkönig Braunschweig lost control of aircraft
Silvio Barbato  ITA 2009 conductor and composer Air France Flight 447 Atlantic Ocean unknown; under investigation
Bill Barilko  CAN 1951 ice hockey player (NHL) Fairchild 24 floatplane 100 km N of Cochrane, Ontario pilot inexperience, poor weather, overloaded cargo
René Barrientos  BOL 1969 President of Bolivia helicopter Arque, Cochabamba Department rotors got caught on power lines
Charles Bassett  USA 1966 astronaut T-38 Talon St. Louis, Missouri poor visibility, pilot error
Tomáš Baťa  CZE 1932 founder of Bata Shoes company Junkers F.13 Otrokovice, Czechoslovakia poor weather
Nick Begich  USA 1972 US Congressman from Alaska Cessna 310 southern Alaska disappearance
Derek Bennett  GBR 1978 Racing car designer, driver and founder/owner of Chevron Cars Ltd Lancashire Pilot error in a hang glider
Berry Berenson  FRA 2001 entertainer, actress, and photographer American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Center North Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Brook Berringer  USA 1996 quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers Piper J-3 Cub Raymond, Nebraska Pilot error (Loss of engine power due to fuel valve mis-position)[3]
Lauren Bessette  USA 1999 sister-in-law of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Piper Saratoga Martha's Vineyard pilot error. see John F. Kennedy, Jr. airplane crash
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy  USA 1999 wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Piper Saratoga Martha's Vineyard pilot error. see John F. Kennedy, Jr. airplane crash
Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.  USA 2000 racing CART driver/owner Beech Baron 58 Kentucky Airframe icing
George Beurling  CAN 1948 World War II ace pilot Noorduyn Norseman Rome ???
Neerja Bhanot  IND 1986 flight attendant who saved lives during a hijacking Pan Am Flight 73 Karachi, Pakistan Hijacking
Homi J. Bhabha  IND 1966 nuclear physicist Air India Flight 101 Mont Blanc unknown
Džemal Bijedić  BIH 1977 politician: Premier of Yugoslavia Learjet 25 Kreševo poor weather conditions
Muhammad bin Laden  KSA 1967 entrepreneur and father of Osama bin Laden a Beechcraft airplane southwestern Saudi Arabia ???
Salem bin Laden  KSA 1988 entrepreneur and half-brother of Osama bin Laden a Sprint ultra-light aircraft San Antonio, Texas flew into power lines
Barthélemy Boganda  CAF 1959 1st Prime Minister of the Central African Republic Nord Noratlas Boda, Lobaye mid-air explosion
Hale Boggs  USA 1972 politician: US Congressman from Louisiana Cessna 310 southern Alaska disappearance
Richard Bong  USA 1945 World War II fighter ace and test pilot P-80 Shooting Star Burbank, California Pilot error
Billy Joe Booth  USA 1972 Canadian football player for the Ottawa Rough Riders Piper Cherokee Dorchester, Ontario thunderstorm
Bruce Borland  USA 1999 golf course designer Learjet 35 Mina, SD (crash site). Location at time of death undetermined. Hypoxia. Payne Stewart also died in this plane crash.
Subhash Chandra Bose  IND 1945 Indian politician and Freedom fighter Taiwan (alleged) Cause disputed
Ahmed Ould Bouceif  MRT 1979 politician: Prime Minister of Mauritania ??? Dakar, Senegal ???
Michel Breistroff  FRA 1996 Ice hockey defenseman for the Ligue Magnus TWA Flight 800 East Moriches, New York (8 mi E) Mid-air explosion
Ron Brown  USA 1996 politician: US Secretary of Commerce Boeing CT-43 Dubrovnik, Croatia pilot error
Milo Burcham  USA 1944 test pilot for Lockheed YP-80 Shooting Star Burbank, California engine flame-out
William D. Byron  USA 1941 politician: US Congressman from Maryland Eastern Air Lines Flight 21 Atlanta, Georgia CFIT
Tomas Cabili  PHL 1957 politician: Philippine senator Douglas C-47 Skytrain Cebu City, Philippines (22 mi NW) see: 1957 Cebu Douglas C-47 crash
Fanny Cano  MEX 1983 entertainer: actress Aviaco DC-9 Madrid collision of Iberia and Aviaco jetliners
Guido Cantelli  ITA 1956 orchestral conductor ??? Paris, France ???
Mel Carnahan  USA 2000 politician: Governor of Missouri Cessna 335 Goldman, Missouri thunderstorm
Bernt Carlsson  SWE 1988 Assistant-Secretary-General of the UN, UN Commissioner for Namibia Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie, Scotland terrorism
Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington  USA 1948 sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy De Havilland Dove Saint-Bauzile, Ardèche, France ???
Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark  GRE 1937 royalty: Princess of Greece and Denmark Junkers Ju 52 Ostend, Belgium crashed into a factory chimney (Sabena OO-AUB Ostend crash)
Carl Cederström  SWE 1918 aviator ??? Gulf of Bothnia
Marcel Cerdan  FRA 1949 athlete: world boxing champion São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal CFIT: mountain
Frank Charles  GBR 1939 racer: motorcycle speedway rider glider ??? died in competition
Bill Chase  USA 1974 musician: trumpet player and band leader Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Jackson, Minnesota Poor weather[4]
Néstor Chávez  VEN 1969 baseball player (MLB) Viasa Flight 742

Maracaibo, Venezuela

struck power lines during take-off
Jorge Chávez  PER 1910 aviator ??? Domodossola, Italy inadequate repairs to aircraft
Prince Christoph of Hesse  GER 1943 royalty: Prince of Hesse ??? Forlì, Italy ???
Camilo Cienfuegos  CUB 1959 military: Cuban revolutionary Cessna 310 Caribbean Sea disappearance
Juan de la Cierva  ESP 1936 inventor of the autogyro, on a fixed-wing plane Douglas DC-2 South London stalled aircraft
Buddy Clark  USA 1949 entertainer and singer ??? Los Angeles, California Pilot error
Roberto Clemente  PRI 1972 baseball player (MLB) Douglas DC-7 off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico mechanical problems; overloaded plane
Patsy Cline  USA 1963 entertainer and country singer Piper Comanche Camden, Tennessee severe weather
Bessie Coleman  USA 1926 aviator: first African-American woman pilot Curtiss JN-4 Jacksonville, Florida thrown from aircraft after controls jammed
Bob Collins  USA 2000 entertainer: WGN (AM) radio personality Waukegan, Illinois runway collision
George W. Collins  USA 1972 politician: US Representative from Illinois United Airlines Flight 553 Chicago, Illinois pilot error
Maurice Connolly  USA 1921 politician: former US Congressman from Iowa ??? Indian Head, Maryland severe weather
John Cooper  GBR 1974 athlete: silver medalist at the 1964 Summer Olympics Turkish Airlines Flight 981 Ermenonville, France Cargo hatch failure and control cable failures
Cowboy Copas  USA 1963 entertainer and country music singer Piper Comanche Camden, Tennessee severe weather
Philippe Cousteau  FRA 1979 oceanographer PBY Catalina Lisbon, Portugal Nosed over during high speed water taxi
Jim Croce  USA 1973 entertainer and singer Beechcraft Model 18 Natchitoches, Louisiana collision with trees[5]
Hansie Cronje  RSA 2002 athlete: Cricket captain Hawker Siddeley HS 748 George, Western Cape, South Africa unserviceable navigational equipment
Scott Crossfield  USA 2006 test pilot Cessna 210 Gordon County, Georgia severe weather
Vicki Cruse  USA 2009 stunt pilot Zivko Edge 540 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire Currently under investigation
Carlos Cruz  DOM 1970 athlete: world boxing champion Dominicana DC-9 air disaster Punta Caucedo Mechanical failure
Bronson M. Cutting  USA 1935 politician: US Senator from New Mexico TWA Douglas DC-2 Atlanta, Missouri bad weather
Adelino Amaro da Costa  PRT 1980 politician: Defense minister of Portugal Cessna 421 Loures, Portugal
Marcel Dadi  FRA 1996 entertainer and musician TWA Flight 800 East Moriches, New York (8 mi E) Mid-air explosion
Harold Evans Dahl  USA 1956 aviator during the Spanish Civil War Douglas DC-3 Canada severe weather
Donny Davies  GBR 1958 cricketer and journalist Munich air disaster Munich Take-off failure
Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr.  GBR 1946 test pilot de Havilland DH 108 Hoo Peninsula while carrying out high speed tests
John de Havilland  GBR 1943 test pilot de Havilland Mosquito Hatfield, England mid-air collision
B. H. DeLay  USA 1923 stunt pilot, airport owner, aviation school owner the "Wasp" Venice, Los Angeles, California substandard wing pins
John Denver  USA 1997 entertainer, singer, songwriter, actor Rutan Long-EZ Pacific Grove, California aircraft unfamiliarity
Alison Des Forges  USA 2009 investigator of human rights and an expert on the Rwandan genocide Colgan Air Flight 3407[6] Clarence Center, New York Icing; pilot error
José Dolhem  FRA 1988 race car driver ??? Saint-Etienne ???
Georg Donatus  GER 1937 royalty: Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse ??? Ostend, Belgium crashed into a factory chimney
Jessica Dubroff  USA 1996 aviator: 7-year-old aspiring pilot Cessna 177 Cheyenne, Wyoming thunderstorm
Amelia Earhart  USA 1937 aviator: pioneer woman pilot Lockheed Model 10 Electra Pacific Ocean, near Howland Island unknown
Beverly Eckert  USA 2009 activist: co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee Colgan Air Flight 3407[6] Clarence Center, New York Icing; pilot error
Glen Edwards  USA 1948 test pilot, namesake of Edwards AFB Northrop YB-49 Edwards Air Force Base aircraft broke apart
Richard E. Ellsworth  USA 1953 aviator: US Air Force Brigadier General Convair B-36 Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador CFIT into a hill
Eugene Ely  USA 1911 aviator: pioneer pilot in American naval aviation ??? Macon, Georgia crashed while pulling from a dive
Robert Henry English  USA 1943 military: Rear-Admiral, Commander, Submarines, U.S. Pacific Fleet Pan Am Flight 1104 near Ukiah, California pilot error
Harald Ertl  AUT 1982 race car driver of Formula One cars Beechcraft Bonanza ??? engine failure
Philip Don Estridge  USA 1985 project manager for IBM PC Delta Air Lines Flight 191[7] Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Microburst-induced wind shear
Graydon Evans  USA 1943 test pilot for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation Convair prototype Fort Worth, Texas engine fire
Igor Farkhutdinov  RUS 2003 politician: governor of Sakhalin helicopter ??? ???
Manuel J. "Pete" Fernandez  USA 1980 aviator: ace pilot in the Korean War ??? Grand Bahama Island
Denys Finch Hatton  GBR 1931 Game Hunter Tiger Moth Voi, Kenya
Ron Flockhart  GBR 1962 race car driver: 24 Hours of Le Mans winner CAC Mustang Australia ???
James Stephen Fossett  USA 2007 entrepreneur: commodities trader American Champion Decathlon Sierra Nevada Mountains pilot error due to downdrafts resulting in CFIT
Jimmy Franklin  USA 2005 aviator: aerobatic pilot ??? Moose Jaw collision with Bobby Younkin
Reinhard Furrer  GER 1995 scientist and astronaut Messerschmitt Bf 108 Berlin lost control of aircraft
Yuri Gagarin  RUS 1968 cosmonaut and the first man in space MiG 15UTI Kirzhach unknown
Sanjay Gandhi  IND 1980 son of Indira Gandhi Pitts S-2A Special Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi, India pilot error
Matthew Gannon  USA 1988 investigator: CIA Officer Pan Am Flight 103
John Garang  SUD 2005 politician: Vice President of Sudan Mil Mi-17
Carlos Gardel  ARG 1935 singer SACO F-31 Ford Medellin, Colombia Crashed into another aircraft while preparing for takeoff
Tom Gastall  USA 1956 athlete: Major League Baseball player
Harold Geiger  USA 1927 Army Major, aviation pioneer, namesake of Geiger Field Airco DH.4 Olmsted Field, Pennsylvania
Bruce Geller  USA 1978 producer and creator of Mission: Impossible Cessna Skymaster Weather conditions
Prince George, Duke of Kent  GBR 1942 royalty: Duke of Kent Short Sunderland Scotland CFIT in bad weather
Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai  AFG 1997 politician: prime minister of the anti-Taliban government Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
Stasys Girėnas  LTU 1933 aviator
Rolls Gracie  BRA 1982 athlete: practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hang gliding accident
Bill Graham  USA 1991 rock concert promoter Bell 206 helicopter Flew into power lines
Richard E. Gray  USA 1982 aviator: test pilot
Keith Green  USA 1982 entertainer: contemporary Christian musician
Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten  SWE 1947 royalty: Crown Prince of Sweden DC 3 Kastrup, Denmark Locked elevator, pilot error
Werner Haas  GER 1956 Motorcycle racer "Jodel Bebe" type near Neuburg/Donau, Germany [8]
Juvénal Habyarimana  RWA 1994 politician: President of Rwanda Assassination of Habyarimana and Ntaryamira
A. P. Hamann  USA 1977 City Manager of San Jose, California Tenerife disaster Canary Islands, Spain Airplane collision
Dag Hammarskjöld  SWE 1961 Secretary-General of the United Nations Douglas DC-6B Ndola, Zambia
Wal L. Handley  GBR 1941 racer of motorcycles
Jim Hardin  USA 1991 athlete: Major League Baseball player Beechcraft Bonanza Key West, Florida Propeller failure
Matthew Harding  GBR 1996 Vice-Chairman of Chelsea Football Club a helicopter
Raymond Harries  UK 1950 Second world war fighter ace Gloster Meteor Near Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Harry Hawker  AUS 1921 aviator: pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft Nieuport Goshawk
Hawkshaw Hawkins  USA 1963 entertainer: country music singer Piper Comanche Camden, Tennessee crashed in bad weather
John Heinz  USA 1991 politician:US Senator from Pennsylvania
Brenda Hean  AUS 1972 Environmental activist Tiger Moth enroute to Canberra vanished
Mack Hellings  USA 1951 racing driver
Graham Hill  UK 1975 Formula 1 driver, winner of the Indianapolis 500 Piper Aztec Arkley, Barnet, Hertfordshire Approaching Elstree Aerodrome
John Stuart Hindmarsh  UK 1938 racecar driver and aviator Hawker Hurricane Brooklands
Bert Hinkler  AUS 1933 aviator
Steve Hislop  GBR 2003 racer: Isle of Man TT winner
Tommy Hitchcock, Jr.  USA 1944 athlete: polo player
Al Holbert  USA 1988 racer: 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Piper PA-60 Ohio State University Airport, Columbus, Ohio [9][10]
Buddy Holly  USA 1959 singer-songwriter Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC)
Ken Hubbs  USA 1964 athlete: Major League Baseball player
Gary Hubler  USA 2007 aviator and aircraft racer Collision with another plane during the Reno Air Races
Dorothy Hunt  USA 1972 wife of E. Howard Hunt United Airlines Flight 553
Osvaldo Hurtado  ECU 1981 President of Ecuador Beechcraft Super King Air Ecuador flew into mountain
Jorge Ibargüengoitia  MEX 1983 novelist and playwright Avianca Flight 011
Pedro Infante  MEX 1957 entertainer: singer and actor
Paul Jeffreys  GBR 1988 musician Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie, Scotland terrorism
Anna Jantar  POL 1980 entertainer: singer LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
Jayan  IND 1980 entertainer: Malayalam film actor accident whilst performing a film stunt.
Jed Johnson  USA 1996 designer TWA Flight 800 East Moriches, New York (8 mi E) Mid-air explosion
Martin Johnson  USA 1937 adventurer and film producer Western Air Express Flight 7 near Saugus, California CFIT into mountainous terrain
Cal Jones  USA 1956 Football player, winner of the 1955 Outland Trophy Trans Canada Air flight 810 Mount Slesse, British Columbia, Canada Crash
William Kapell  USA 1953 Classical pianist BCPA Flight 304 near Woodside, California CFIT into mountainous terrain
William Kirk Kaynor  USA 1929 US Congressman from Massachusetts
John F. Kennedy, Jr.  USA 1999 son of John F. Kennedy Piper PA-32R Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard pilot error
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.  USA 1944 older brother of John F. Kennedy B-24 Liberator modified as a flying bomb near Blythburgh, Suffolk, England Killed on a combat flight during Operation Aphrodite
Iven Carl Kincheloe, Jr.  USA 1958 Korean War ace pilot and test pilot
Charles Kingsford Smith  AUS 1935 Australian air pioneer Lockheed Altair
Nile Kinnick  USA 1943 American football player winner of the 1939 Hiesman Trophy F4F Wildcat Training accident off the Caribbean
Giannos Kranidiotis  GRE 1999 Greek diplomat and politician. Dassault Falcon 900
Alan Kulwicki  USA 1993 NASCAR driver
Joseph LaMotta  USA 1998 noted chef, son of Jake LaMotta Swissair Flight 111
Raymonde de Laroche  FRA 1919 first woman to earn a pilot's license
Guadalupe Larriva  ECU 2007 Defence minster of Ecuador
Alexander Lebed  RUS 2002 Russian politician, governor of Krasnoyarsk helicopter Sayan Mountains collision with electric lines during foggy weather
Mickey Leland  USA 1989 US Congressman from Texas
Tony Lema  USA 1966 champion golfer
Jim LeRoy  USA 2007 Stunt Performer Bulldog Airshows|
Daniel Lewin  USA 2001 Founder and CTO of Akamai American Airlines Flight 11 World Trade Center North Tower, New York, NY hijacking; CFIT
Cory Lidle  USA 2006 Major League Baseball player Cirrus SR20 New York, NY Pilot error; CFIT
Otto Lilienthal  GER 1896 glider pioneer Normalapparate ("Normal Glider") Stölln, Havelland, Brandenburg, Germany Wing stall
Lin Biao  PRC 1971 military commander Hawker Siddeley Trident Öndörkhaan, Mongolia fleeing a coup attempt
Arvid Lindman  SWE 1936 Prime Minister of Sweden Croydon Airport, South London
Jerry Litton  USA 1976 U.S. Representative from Missouri
Ormer Locklear  USA 1920 aerobatic and stunt performer during filming of The Skywayman.
Alfred Lowenstein  BEL 1928 Belgian entrepreneur and financier Disappearance over the English Channel
Carole Lombard  USA 1942 actress TWA Flight 3
Douglas DC-3
Mount Potosi, Nevada, United States CFIT
Einar Lundborg  SWE 1931 aviator Linköping, Sweden flight show
Ernest Lundeen  USA 1940 US Senator from Minnesota Pennsylvania Central Airlines Flight 19 Lovettsville, Virginia lightning strike
Pam Lychner  USA 1996 real estate agent & sex offender activist TWA Flight 800 Mid-air explosion
Nancy Lynn  USA 2006 aerobatic pilot and flight instructor
Mohammadu Maccido  NGA 2006 The 19th Sultan of Sokoto ADC Airlines Flight 53; Boeing 737 cause disputed
Samora Machel  MOZ 1986 President of Mozambique
Ramón Magsaysay  PHL 1957 president of the Philippines Presidential plane crash: "Mt. Pinatubo"
Jonathan Mann  USA 1998 AIDS researcher and WHO official Swissair Flight 111
Paul Mantz  USA 1965 racing and stunt pilot during filming of The Flight of the Phoenix
Rocky Marciano  USA 1969 former world boxing champion
Dean Paul Martin  USA 1987 actor, singer and son of Dean Martin F-15 During maneuvers with his Air Force Reserve unit
Eduardo Mata  MEX 1995 Mexican orchestra conductor and composer.
Enrico Mattei  ITA 1962 President of Eni
Joseph C. McConnell  USA 1954 Korean War ace pilot F-86H Sabre control malfunction attributed to a missing bolt
Larry McDonald  USA 1983 Congressman Korean Air Lines Flight 007
Colin McRae  GBR 2007 Scottish rally driver Eurocopter AS350 [11]
Alan P. Merriam  USA 1980 ethnomusicologist LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
Eve Meyer  USA 1977 actress, Playboy Centerfold June 1955 Pan Am Flight 1736; Boeing 747-100 runway collision
George S. Mickelson  USA 1993 Governor of South Dakota
Glenn Miller  USA 1944 musician: Big Band leader A bomber returning from Europe dropped unused ammunition, not knowing Miller's plane was below.
John Purroy Mitchell  USA 1918 former Mayor of New York City
William A. Moffett  USA 1933 US Navy admiral in crash of airship USS Akron
Grace Moore  USA 1947 opera singer
Paul Morgan  GBR 2001 British race car engineer and co-founder of Ilmor Engineering Hawker Sea Fury Sywell overturned on landing
de Lesseps Story Morrison  USA 1964 former Mayor of New Orleans
Vic Morrow  USA 1982 actor Helicopter crashed on top of him while filming The Twilight Zone movie
Edward Moss  USA 1964 aide of senator Ted Kennedy
Juan Camilo Mouriño  MEX 2008 Mexican Secretary of the Interior (Mexico) Learjet 45
Kuniko Mukoda  JPN 1981 Japanese writer, mainly television drama Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103
Thurman Munson  USA 1979 Major League Baseball player
Audie Murphy  USA 1971 Medal of Honor Recipient and Actor
Fatma Ceren Necipoğlu  TUR 2009 harpist Air France Flight 447 Atlantic Ocean Unknown; Under investigation
Ricky Nelson  USA 1985 actor and singer
Ginette Neveu  FRA 1949 French classical violinist
Grant Notley  CAN 1984 politician: leader of the opposition in Alberta
Cyprien Ntaryamira  BDI 1994 President of Burundi Dassault Falcon 50 His plane was shot down by rebels.
Donald Nutter  USA 1962 Governor of Montana
Barbara Olson  USA 2001 lawyer and commentator American Airlines Flight 77 The Pentagon, Washington, DC hijacking; CFIT
Rafael Osuna  MEX 1969 Mexican tennis player
Renny Ottolina  VEN 1978 Venezuelan TV producer and entertainer
Carlos Pace  BRA 1977 Formula One driver
Prince Pedro Luís of Orléans-Braganza  BEL 2009 Third in succession to the now extinguished throne of Brazil Air France Flight 447 Atlantic Ocean Unknown; Under investigation
John-Olof Persson  SWE 1989 Mayor of Stockholm 1973-76 and 1979–86 Oskarshamn, Sweden
Jerry Pettis  USA 1975 Representative from California
Lionel Poilâne  FRA 2002 French baker and entrepreneur helicopter
Wiley Post  USA 1935 aviation pioneer Modified Lockheed Model 9 Orion Walakpa Bay near Barrow, Alaska Engine Failure. Killed in same crash with Will Rogers
Francis Gary Powers  USA 1977 1960 U-2 incident pilot Modified Bell 206 Jet-Ranger (KNBC News Helicopter) Los Angeles, CA Pilot error
David Purley  GBR 1985 Formula One driver Pitts Special
Harald Quandt  GER 1967 industrialist Italy
Edson Queiroz  BRA 1982 Brazilian entrepreneur VASP Flight 168
Harriet Quimby  USA 1912 first licensed female pilot in the U.S.
Lotario Rangoni  ITA 1942 Italian racing driver
Otis Redding  USA 1967 singer Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin
Jim Reeves  USA 1964 country music singer
Bo Rein  USA 1980 LSU Tigers college football coach
Lance Reventlow  USA 1972 entrepreneur and racecar driver
Randy Rhoads  USA 1982 Guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne
J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson  USA 1959 singer, songwriter, disc jockey Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC).
Jack Ridley  USA 1957 test pilot
Knute Rockne  NOR 1931 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football coach TWA Flight 599
Stan Rogers  CAN 1983 Canadian singer Air Canada Flight 797 Boone County, KY In-flight fire. Made emergency landing in Cincinnati Airport.
Will Rogers  USA 1935 actor, humorist, singer Modified Lockheed Model 9 Orion Walakpa Bay near Barrow, Alaska Engine Failure. Killed in same crash with Wiley Post
Jaime Roldós Aguilera  ECU 1981 President of Ecuador
Charles Rolls  GBR 1910 Co-Founder of Rolls-Royce Motors Modified Short-Wright Flyer Bournemouth, England Tail structural failure.
Hillevi Rombin  SWE 1996 Miss Universe 1955, national decathlon private plane California, United States engine failure
Edvard Rusjan  SVN 1911 first Slovene aviator, aircraft constructor
Thierry Sabine  FRA 1986 Paris-Dakar rally founder.
Francisco Sá Carneiro  PRT 1980 Prime Minister of Portugal Cessna 421
Kyu Sakamoto  JPN 1985 singer Japan Airlines Flight 123 Mount Osutaka, Japan Maintenance error due to structural failure and hydraulic loss
Pablo Santos  MEX 2006 Mexican actor Piper PA-46
Madhavrao Scindia  IND 2001 Indian politician
Eddie August Schneider  USA 1940 transcontinental record holder
Art Scholl  USA 1986 aerobatic and stunt performer during filming of Top Gun.
Philippa Schuyler  USA 1967 musician
Elliott See  USA 1966 astronaut routine airplane flight with Charles Bassett
Antoine de Saint Exupéry  FRA 1944 french writer
Thomas Selfridge  USA 1908 First powered airplane fatality. First military aviation fatality. Namesake of Selfridge Field. Wright Model A Fort Myer, Arlington County, VA Right propeller failure. U.S. Army Signal Corp contract acceptance trial flight piloted by Orville Wright, who was seriously injured.
Wilbur Shaw  USA 1954 three-time Indianapolis 500 winner
Shin Ki-ha  KOR 1997 four term lawmaker and parliamentary leader Korean Air Flight 801[12][13]
Larry Shue  USA 1985 playwright
Władysław Sikorski  POL 1943 Prime Minister of Poland Consolidated Liberator II Sea near Gibraltar
Larkin I. Smith  USA 1989 Congressman from Mississippi
Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy  IND 2009 Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India Bell 430 Nallamala, India
Samantha Smith  USA 1985 young activist Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808
Robert Smithson  USA 1973 Land art artist
Earl Snell  USA 1947 Governor of Oregon
Soundarya  IND 2004 Kollywood (Tamil) actress
Tun Fuad Stephens  MAS 1976 Chief Minister of the state of Sabah, Malaysia GAF Nomad Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Payne Stewart  USA 1999 champion golfer Learjet 35 Mina, SD (crash site). Location at time of death undetermined. Hypoxia. Bruce Borland also died in this plane crash.
Graeme "Shirley" Strachan  AUS 2001 singer, Skyhooks helicopter
Erik Strandmark  SWE 1963 actor Trinidad and Tobago
Jud Strunk  USA 1981 singer, songwriter, comedian
Thaddeus C. Sweet  USA 1928 U.S. Congressman from New York. An Army observation plane
Frank Swift  GBR 1958 goalkeeper, Manchester City and England, journalist Munich air disaster
Frank Tallman  USA 1978 stuntman
Ganapathi Thanikaimoni  IND 1986 Palynologist Pan Am Flight 73
Jacques Thibaud  FRA 1953 French classical violinist
Lord Thomson  GBR 1930 British Secretary of State for Air R101 disaster
June Thorburn  GBR 1967 English actress Iberia Airlines Flight 062
(Sud Caravelle)
Blackdown, Sussex, England CFIT
Melanie Thornton  USA 2001 singer, member of La Bouche Crossair Flight 3597
Enoch Thulin  SWE 1919 aeronautics industry leader, founder of AB Thulinverken Landskrona, Sweden
Mike Todd  USA 1958 film producer
Fritz Todt  GER 1942 Nazi official
Rick Tolley  USA 1970 Marshall University football head coach
Peter Tomarken  USA 2006 former game show host, Press Your Luck Beechcraft Bonanza A36 engine trouble
Omar Torrijos  PAN 1981 Leader of the Panamanian Revolution (President)
John Tower  USA 1991 former US Senator from Texas
Boris Trajkovski  MKD 2004 President of Macedonia
Curtis Turner  USA 1970 NASCAR driver
Charles Ulm  AUS 1934 Australian air pioneer, made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia
Ritchie Valens  USA 1959 singer Beechcraft Bonanza Clear Lake, IA Pilot error (VFR into IMC).
Nick Vanos  USA 1987 NBA player for the Phoenix Suns Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Romulus, Michigan Pilot error after take off.
Stevie Ray Vaughan  USA 1990 guitarist and singer
Lothar von Richthofen  GER 1922 World War One ace pilot
Joseph A. Walker  USA 1966 test pilot
John T. Walton  USA 2005 son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton experimental aircraft
George Welch  USA 1954 American World War II Pearl Harbor and test pilot F-100 Super Sabre fighter demonstration flight
Paul Wellstone  USA 2002 US Senator from Minnesota
Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam  GBR 1948 8th Earl FitzWilliam De Havilland Dove France
Prince William of Gloucester  GBR 1972 Royalty
Ernest Willows  GBR 1926 Welsh airship pioneer
Orde Wingate  GBR 1944 soldier and founder of the Chindits North American B-25 Mitchell India
Steve Wittman  USA 1995 Aircraft designer and builder and air-race pilot
Donald Yenko  USA 1987 Ex-racecar driver and owner/founder of Yenko Chevrolet Cessna 210 landing error
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq  PAK 1988 President of Pakistan Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Athletic teams

Team Death Year Description of team Flight/Aircraft
Apex Motorsports 2008 five people total: two drivers, Richard Lloyd and David Leslie, a data engineer, and two pilots. 2008 Farnborough plane crash
Cuban national fencing team 1976 all 24 members of the team, trainers and the coach Cubana Flight 455
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1960 16 members of the American football team and six others Cal Poly football team plane crash
Embassy Hill 1975 five people total, including former F1 world champion Graham Hill, driver Tony Brise, and designer Andy Smallman. Piper Aztec
University of Evansville basketball team 1977 29 players, staff and fans
Hendrick Motorsports 2004 10 people associated with the team, including family, team crew, and pilots 2004 Martinsville plane crash
Iowa State University cross country women's team 1985 7 people associated with the team, including 3 runners, 3 coaches/staff, and pilots returning from finishing 2nd place in the NCAA championships
A.C. Torino 1949 18 players, club officials, and journalists Superga air disaster
Manchester United 1958 23 people total; including eight footballers: Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, and Billy Whelan; coach Bert Whalley, trainer Tom Curry, and club secretary Walter Crickmer. Munich air disaster
Marshall University football team 1970 35 players, eight coaches, and 25 boosters Southern Airways Flight 932
Oklahoma State University 2001 ten people associated with men's basketball team (including two players)
FC Pakhtakor Tashkent 1979 17 players in the air above Dniprodzerzhynsk.
Puerto Rico national women's volleyball team 1970 most members of the team
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1956 five players returning from Vancouver Trans-Canada Airways TCA810
Stella Maris College rugby union team 1972 24 of 40 team members Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571
Suriname professional football team 1989 fourteen players Surinam Airways Flight PY764
Uruguay's rugby union team 1972 24 of 40 team members Andes flight disaster
U.S. Olympic boxing team 1980 all team members except for Bobby Czyz, Marvis Frazier and Lee Roy Murphy LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007
USAC officials 1978 8 lead officials
U.S. Figure Skating team 1961 all 18 skaters, coaches, and judges Sabena Flight 548
Wichita State University football team 1970 31 players, coaches and supporters Wichita State University football team plane crash
Zambia national football team 1993 All 18 footballers, including Efford Chabala and Wisdom Mumba Chansa Gabon air disaster

Musical groups

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

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