Famous People Who Died In Plane Crash

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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.
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Buddy Holly
(Singer-Songwriter & Pioneer in Mid 1950's Rock and Roll)
Buddy Holly
50
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: February 3, 1959
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Rocky Marciano
(One of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time)
Rocky Marciano
36
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 31, 1969
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Patsy Cline
(One of the Most Influential Vocalists of the 20th Century)
Patsy Cline
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Died: March 5, 1963
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Otis Redding
(Singer-songwriter)
Otis Redding
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States
Died: December 10, 1967
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 5 
Ricky Nelson
(Musician)
Ricky Nelson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 31, 1985
 6 
Audie Murphy
(One of the Most Decorated American Combat Soldiers of World War II)
Audie Murphy
42
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston, Texas, United States
Died: May 28, 1971
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Roberto Clemente
(Puerto Rican Professional Baseball Right Fielder)
Roberto Clemente
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972
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Ritchie Valens
(A 'Rock and Roll' Pioneer and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)
Ritchie Valens
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3, 1959
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John F. Kennedy Jr.
(Son of John F. Kennedy)
John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 16, 1999
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Carole Lombard
(American Actress Who was Known for Her Off-Beat Roles in Screwball Comedies)
Carole Lombard
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Birthdate: October 6, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Died: January 16, 1942
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Subhas Chandra Bose
(Indian Nationalist Who Participated in Indian Freedom Movement)
Subhas Chandra Bose
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuttack, India
Died: August 18, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jim Croce
(Folk and Rock Singer Best Known for His Third album 'You Don't Mess Around with Jim')
Jim Croce
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 20, 1973
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jenni Rivera
(American Singer Known for Her Work in 'Banda', 'Mariachi' and 'Norteño' Music Genres)
Jenni Rivera
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: December 9, 2012
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
(Publicist for 'Calvin Klein')
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 1999
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Francis Gary Powers
(American Military Officer)
Francis Gary Powers
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 1, 1977
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Homi Bhabha
(Indian physicist)
Homi Bhabha
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 24, 1966
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Emiliano Sala
(Footballer)
Emiliano Sala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Santa Fe
Died: January 21, 2019
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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James Horner
(Composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores)
James Horner
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Birthdate: August 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 22, 2015
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Bessie Coleman
(American Civil Aviator and the First African-American Woman to Hold a Pilot License)
Bessie Coleman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30, 1926
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Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)
Glenn Miller
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15, 1944
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Dean Paul Martin
(Son of American Entertainer Dean Martin)
Dean Paul Martin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: March 21, 1987
 22 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jim Reeves
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
Died: November 16, 1937
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Samantha Smith
(American Peace Activist and Child Actress Who Became Famous for Her Anti-War Outreaches During the Cold War)
Samantha Smith
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1985
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Hansie Cronje
(South African International Cricketer Who was Banned from Cricket for His Role in Match-Fixing Scandal)
Hansie Cronje
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: June 1, 2002
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Cassie Gaines
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 20, 1977
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Steve Gaines
(Musician)
Steve Gaines
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Died: October 20, 1977
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Amy Johnson
(Aviator)
Amy Johnson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941
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Marcel Cerdan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Died: October 28, 1949
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Myles Munroe
(Writer)
Myles Munroe
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: November 9, 2014
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Junaid Jamshed
(Recording artist)
Junaid Jamshed
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: December 7, 2016
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Ilan Ramon
(Fighter pilot)
Ilan Ramon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel
Died: February 1, 2003
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Ginette Neveu
(Violinist)
Ginette Neveu
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1949
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Jesse Robredo
(Filipino Politician)
Jesse Robredo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012
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David Angell
(Producer)
David Angell
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Birthdate: April 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Barrington, Rhode Island, USA
Died: September 11, 2001
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Mike Todd
(Producer)
Mike Todd
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Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: March 22, 1958
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Alan Kulwicki
(American Auto Racing Driver and Team Owner)
Alan Kulwicki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 1, 1993
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Steve Fossett
(The First Person to Fly Solo Nonstop Around the World in a Balloon and in a Fixed-Wing Aircraft)
Steve Fossett
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 3, 2007
 39 
Omar Torrijos
(Elected official)
Omar Torrijos
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Died: July 31, 1981
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Wiley Post
(Native American Aviator Who Completed the First Solo Flight around the World)
Wiley Post
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grand Saline, Texas, United States
Died: August 15, 1935
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Lance Reventlow
(Racing driver)
Lance Reventlow
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 24, 1972
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John Garang
(Politician)
John Garang
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Twic East County
Died: July 30, 2005
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John T. Walton
(Sam Walton's Son)
John T. Walton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States
Died: June 27, 2005
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Albert Scott Crossfield
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: April 19, 2006
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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G. David Schine
(American Film Producer)
G. David Schine
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Birthdate: September 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloversville, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1996
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Milan Rastislav Štefánik
(One of the Founding Fathers of Czechoslovakia)
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská, Slovakia
Died: May 4, 1919
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Bertram Home Ramsay
(Navy officer)
Bertram Home Ramsay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampton Court or London, England
Died: January 2, 1945
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Rodney Culver
(American Football Player)
Rodney Culver
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 11, 1996
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Hobey Baker
(Ice Hockey Player, Football player)
Hobey Baker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 21, 1918
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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George Skakel
(Businessperson)
George Skakel
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 3, 1955