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

Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897, Indian

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter

Buddy HollyBuddy Holly
07 September 1936, American

Audie MurphyAudie Murphy
20 June 1925, American
John F. Kennedy Jr.John F. Kennedy Jr.
25 November 1960, American
Son of John F. Kennedy

Otis ReddingOtis Redding
09 September 1941, American

Rocky MarcianoRocky Marciano
01 September 1923, American
Professional Boxer
Ricky NelsonRicky Nelson
08 May 1940, American

Jim CroceJim Croce
10 January 1943, American
Singer, Musician
Carole LombardCarole Lombard
06 October 1908, American

Roberto ClementeRoberto Clemente
18 August 1934, Puerto Rican

Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala
31 October 1990, Argentinian, Italian

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

Hansie CronjeHansie Cronje
25 September 1969, South African

Frederick BantingFrederick Banting
14 November 1891, Canadian
Discoverer of Insulin

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892, American
Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
01 July 1903, British

Cassie GainesCassie Gaines
09 January 1948, American
Samora MachelSamora Machel
29 September 1933, Mozambican
Political leader

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

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

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

Francis Gary PowersFrancis Gary Powers
17 August 1929, American
Junaid JamshedJunaid Jamshed
03 September 1964, Pakistani
Recording artist

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Samantha SmithSamantha Smith
29 June 1972, American
Myles MunroeMyles Munroe
20 April 1954, Bahamian

G. David SchineG. David Schine
11 September 1927, American

Steve GainesSteve Gaines
14 September 1949, American

Steve FossettSteve Fossett
22 April 1944, American
Lin BiaoLin Biao
05 December 1907, Chinese
Politician, Military personnel
David AngellDavid Angell
10 April 1946, American

Madhavrao ScindiaMadhavrao Scindia
10 March 1945, Indian

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
20 June 1954, Israeli
Fighter pilot

Wiley PostWiley Post
22 November 1898, American
Jesse RobredoJesse Robredo
27 May 1958, Filipino

Anthony RadziwillAnthony Radziwill
04 August 1959, Swiss, American

Humberto de Alencar Castelo BrancoHumberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
20 September 1900, Brazilian
politician, military personnel

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

Xu ZhimoXu Zhimo
15 January 1897, Chinese
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
Curtis TurnerCurtis Turner
12 April 1924, American
Race Car Driver

Charley PaddockCharley Paddock
11 August 1900, American

Anna WalentynowiczAnna Walentynowicz
15 August 1929, Polish
Trade unionist
Mohamed AminMohamed Amin
29 August 1943, Kenyan

Ye TingYe Ting
10 September 1896, Chinese
Military leader
Carl Ben EielsonCarl Ben Eielson
20 July 1897, American

Bertram Home RamsayBertram Home Ramsay
20 January 1883, British
Navy officer