Famous People Who Died In Plane Crash

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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 1 
Buddy Holly
(Singer-Songwriter & Pioneer in Mid 1950's Rock and Roll)

Buddy Holly
30
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: February 3, 1959
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 2 
Patsy Cline
(Singer)

Patsy Cline
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Died: March 5, 1963

 3 

Rocky Marciano
15
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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 4 
Otis Redding
(Singer-songwriter)

Otis Redding
24
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
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 31, 1985

 6 
Ritchie Valens
(A Rock and Roll Pioneer Who had Several Hits, Most notably 'La Bamba')

Ritchie Valens
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3, 1959
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 7 
Roberto Clemente
(Baseball player)

Roberto Clemente
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972
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 8 
Audie Murphy
(Soldier)

Audie Murphy
27
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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 9 
John F. Kennedy Jr.
(Son of John F. Kennedy)

John F. Kennedy Jr.
26
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)

 10 
Yuri Gagarin
(Cosmonaut)

Yuri Gagarin
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Klushino, Russia
Died: March 27, 1968
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 11 
Subhas Chandra Bose
(President of the Indian National Congress (1938-39))

Subhas Chandra Bose
45
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuttack, India
Died: August 18, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 12 

Carole Lombard
15
Birthdate: October 6, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Died: January 16, 1942

 13 
Jenni Rivera
(Singer-songwriter)

Jenni Rivera
20
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)

 14 
Jim Croce
(Singer-songwriter)

Jim Croce
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 20, 1973
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 15 

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 1999

 16 
Emiliano Sala
(Footballer)

Emiliano Sala
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Santa Fe
Died: January 21, 2019
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 17 
Homi Bhabha
(Indian physicist)

Homi Bhabha
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 24, 1966

 18 

Bessie Coleman
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30, 1926

 19 
Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)

Glenn Miller
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15, 1944

 20 
James Horner
(Composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores)

James Horner
8
Birthdate: August 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 22, 2015
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 21 

Dean Paul Martin
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: March 21, 1987

Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
Died: November 16, 1937

 23 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)

Jim Reeves
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 24 
Berry Berenson
(Photographer)

Berry Berenson
4
Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Murray Hill, New York, United States
Died: September 11, 2001

 25 

Samantha Smith
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1985

 26 
Hansie Cronje
(Cricketer)

Hansie Cronje
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: June 1, 2002
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 27 
Steve Gaines
(Musician)

Steve Gaines
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, USA
Died: October 20, 1977

 28 

Cassie Gaines
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 20, 1977

 29 
Amy Johnson
(Aviator)

Amy Johnson
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941

 30 
Myles Munroe
(Writer)

Myles Munroe
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: November 9, 2014

 31 

Marcel Cerdan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Died: October 28, 1949
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 
Ginette Neveu
(Violinist)

Ginette Neveu
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1949

 33 
John T. Walton
(Sam Walton's Son)

John T. Walton
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States
Died: June 27, 2005

 34 
Junaid Jamshed
(Recording artist)

Junaid Jamshed
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: December 7, 2016
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 35 
Ilan Ramon
(Fighter pilot)

Ilan Ramon
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel
Died: February 1, 2003

 36 
Mike Todd
(Producer)

Mike Todd
7
Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: March 22, 1958
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 37 

Anthony Radziwill
2
Birthdate: August 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: August 10, 1999

 38 
David Angell
(Producer)

David Angell
1
Birthdate: April 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Barrington, Rhode Island, USA
Died: September 11, 2001

 39 
Omar Torrijos
(Elected official)

Omar Torrijos
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Died: July 31, 1981

 40 
Steve Fossett
(Businessman)

Steve Fossett
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 3, 2007

 41 
John Garang
(Politician)

John Garang
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Twic East County
Died: July 30, 2005

 42 
Samora Machel
(President of Mozambique (1975-1986))

Samora Machel
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gaza Province, Mozambique
Died: October 19, 1986

 43 
Wiley Post
(Aviator)

Wiley Post
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grand Saline, Texas, United States
Died: August 15, 1935

 44 
Lance Reventlow
(Racing driver)

Lance Reventlow
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 24, 1972

 45 
Alan Kulwicki
(Racing Driver)

Alan Kulwicki
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 1, 1993

 46 
G. David Schine
(Hotelier)

G. David Schine
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloversville, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1996

 47 
Rodney Culver
(American Football Player)

Rodney Culver
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 11, 1996
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 48 
Jesse Robredo
(Politician)

Jesse Robredo
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012

 49 

Milan Rastislav Štefánik
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská, Slovakia
Died: May 4, 1919

 50 
Hobey Baker
(Ice Hockey Player, Football player)

Hobey Baker
0
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)