There is no doubt that the fear of a plane crash is amongst the most common fears that people harbour. The very thought of something going wrong mid-air and the plane plunging down to the earth is enough to make some people develop a real fear of flying. While the common man can avoid plane travel, it’s not a luxury celebrities can afford! With hectic schedules and numerous professional commitments, famous people from all walks of life are required to fly regularly. While flying is by no means a dangerous mode of travelling, plane crashes do occur from time to time which result in the deaths of numerous people each year in the most horrific manner. And when it’s a celebrity who dies in a plane crash, the entire world is plunged into shock and grief. One of the most shocking plane crash incidents was the one that led to the deaths of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in 1959. Another highly unfortunate case was the crash in which three popular celebrities Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas perished together. Read on to learn more about famous people who died in plane crash.
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978, American
Basketball Player
16 January 1979, American
American singer

John F. Kennedy Jr.John F. Kennedy Jr.
25 November 1960, American
Son of John F. Kennedy

Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897, Indian
Political leader

Buddy HollyBuddy Holly
07 September 1936, American

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941, American
Roberto ClementeRoberto Clemente
18 August 1934, Puerto Rican

Otis ReddingOtis Redding
09 September 1941, American

Jim CroceJim Croce
10 January 1943, American
Singer, Musician
Ricky NelsonRicky Nelson
08 May 1940, American

Rocky MarcianoRocky Marciano
01 September 1923, American
Professional Boxer
Carole LombardCarole Lombard
06 October 1908, American

Jenni RiveraJenni Rivera
02 July 1969, American

Roald AmundsenRoald Amundsen
16 July 1872, Norwegian
The first person to reach the South Pole

Dag HammarskjöldDag Hammarskjöld
29 July 1905, Swedish
Second Secretary-General of the United Nations

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892, American
Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala
31 October 1990, Argentinian, Italian

Cassie GainesCassie Gaines
09 January 1948, American

Samora MachelSamora Machel
29 September 1933, Mozambican
Political leader

Hansie CronjeHansie Cronje
25 September 1969, South African
Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
01 July 1903, British

G. David SchineG. David Schine
11 September 1927, American
Frederick BantingFrederick Banting
14 November 1891, Canadian
Discoverer of Insulin

John GarangJohn Garang
23 June 1945, Sudanese

Omar TorrijosOmar Torrijos
13 February 1929, Panamanian
Elected official
Homi BhabhaHomi Bhabha
30 October 1909, Indian
Indian physicist

James HornerJames Horner
14 August 1953, American
Composer, Conductor, Musician, Orchestrateur, Film
Glenn MillerGlenn Miller
01 March 1904, American

Muhammad Zia-ul-HaqMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq
12 August 1924, Indian, Pakistani
Politician, Officer

Jim ReevesJim Reeves
20 August 1923, American
Madhavrao ScindiaMadhavrao Scindia
10 March 1945, Indian

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Samantha SmithSamantha Smith
29 June 1972, American
Steve GainesSteve Gaines
14 September 1949, American

David AngellDavid Angell
10 April 1946, American

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
20 June 1954, Israeli
Fighter pilot

Junaid JamshedJunaid Jamshed
03 September 1964, Pakistani
Recording artist
Lin BiaoLin Biao
05 December 1907, Chinese
Politician, Military personnel
Myles MunroeMyles Munroe
20 April 1954, Bahamian

Steve FossettSteve Fossett
22 April 1944, American

George SkakelGeorge Skakel
16 July 1892, American

Anthony RadziwillAnthony Radziwill
04 August 1959, Swiss, American
Wiley PostWiley Post
22 November 1898, American

Alan KulwickiAlan Kulwicki
14 December 1954, American
Racing Driver

Ron BrownRon Brown
01 August 1941, American

Jesse RobredoJesse Robredo
27 May 1958, Filipino

Abdul Salam ArifAbdul Salam Arif
21 March 1921, Iraqi
Humberto de Alencar Castelo BrancoHumberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
20 September 1900, Brazilian
politician, military personnel

Frank Maxwell AndrewsFrank Maxwell Andrews
03 February 1884, American
Military General
Francisco de Sá CarneiroFrancisco de Sá Carneiro
19 July 1934, Portuguese
Prime minister of Portugal

Albert Scott CrossfieldAlbert Scott Crossfield
02 October 1921, American
Naval officer

Charley PaddockCharley Paddock
11 August 1900, American
Xu ZhimoXu Zhimo
15 January 1897, Chinese

Curtis TurnerCurtis Turner
12 April 1924, American
Race Car Driver
Anna WalentynowiczAnna Walentynowicz
15 August 1929, Polish
Trade unionist

William George BarkerWilliam George Barker
03 November 1894, Canadian
Fighter pilot

Mohamed AminMohamed Amin
29 August 1943, Kenyan

Ye TingYe Ting
10 September 1896, Chinese
Military leader

Ahmed bin Zayed Al NahyanAhmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
1969 AD, Emirati
Ben AbruzzoBen Abruzzo
09 June 1930, American

Earl CarrollEarl Carroll
16 September 1893, American
Theatrical producer

Muhammadu MaccidoMuhammadu Maccido
20 April 1928, Nigerian

Percy PilcherPercy Pilcher
16 January 1866, British
Carl Ben EielsonCarl Ben Eielson
20 July 1897, American

Artyom BorovikArtyom Borovik
13 September 1960, Russian
Eduardo MataEduardo Mata
05 September 1942, Mexican

Ramón Amaya AmadorRamón Amaya Amador
29 April 1916, Honduran

Toni OnleyToni Onley
20 November 1928, British
Manuel ScorzaManuel Scorza
09 September 1928, Peruvian

Zheng ZhenduoZheng Zhenduo
19 December 1898, Chinese
Frances Wilson GraysonFrances Wilson Grayson
1892 AD, American

Max PallenbergMax Pallenberg
18 December 1877, Austrian

Bertram Home RamsayBertram Home Ramsay
20 January 1883, British
Navy officer
René JourniacRené Journiac
11 May 1921, French
French jurist and administrator