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 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant.
44
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 26, 2020
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 2 Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly.
14
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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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 3 Subhas Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose.
22
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuttack, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Odisha, India)
Died: August 18, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 4 Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano.
6
Listed In: Boxers
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 31, 1969
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 5 Aaliyah

Aaliyah.
28
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 6 Otis Redding

Otis Redding.
9
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States
Died: December 10, 1967
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 7 Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson.
5
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, US
Died: December 31, 1985
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 8 Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente.
6
Listed In: Baseball Players
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972
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 9 Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens.
11
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3, 1959

 10 John F. Kennedy Jr.

John F. Kennedy Jr..
8
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Son of John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington D.C., United States
Died: July 16, 1999
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 11 Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard.
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Died: January 16, 1942

 12 Jenni Rivera

Jenni Rivera.
12
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
Died: December 9, 2012
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 13 Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen.
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: The first person to reach the South Pole
Birthdate: July 16, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borge, Østfold, Norway
Died: June 18, 1928

 14 Jim Croce

Jim Croce.
5
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: September 20, 1973
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 15 Emiliano Sala

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

 16 James Horner

James Horner
4
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Musician, Orchestrateur, Film score composer
Birthdate: August 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: June 22, 2015

 17 Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman.
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas
Died: April 30, 1926

 18 Homi Bhabha

Homi Bhabha.
1
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Indian physicist
Birthdate: October 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 24, 1966

 19 Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld.
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Second Secretary-General of the United Nations
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jönköping
Died: September 18, 1961

 20 Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark

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

 21 Frederick Banting

Frederick Banting.
2
Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Discoverer of Insulin
Birthdate: November 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Died: February 21, 1941

 22 Glenn Miller

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

 23 Jim Reeves

Jim Reeves
1
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 24 Junaid Jamshed

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

 25 Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, U.S.
Died: August 25, 1985

 26 Steve Gaines

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

 27 Marcel Cerdan

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

 28 Cassie Gaines

Cassie Gaines.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seneca, Missouri
Died: October 20, 1977

 29 Amy Johnson

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

 30 Myles Munroe

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

 31 Hansie Cronje

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

 32 Steve Fossett

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

 33 Ginette Neveu

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

 34 David Angell

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

 35 Samora Machel

Samora Machel.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: September 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gaza Province
Died: October 19, 1986

 36 Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Pakistan
Birthdate: August 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
Died: August 17, 1988

 37 Ilan Ramon

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

 38 Anthony Radziwill

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

 39 Madhavrao Scindia

Madhavrao Scindia
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: September 30, 2001

 40 Lance Reventlow

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

 41 G. David Schine

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

 42 Alan Kulwicki

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

 43 Omar Torrijos

Omar Torrijos.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Elected official
Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Died: July 31, 1981

 44 John Garang

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

 45 Jesse Robredo

Jesse Robredo
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012

 46 Wiley Post

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

 47 Abdul Salam Arif

Abdul Salam Arif
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: March 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: April 13, 1966

 48 Albert Scott Crossfield

Albert Scott Crossfield
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Naval officer
Birthdate: October 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: April 19, 2006
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 49 Frank Maxwell Andrews

Frank Maxwell Andrews
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: February 3, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 3, 1943

 50 Xu Zhimo

Xu Zhimo
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haining, Zhejiang, China
Died: November 19, 1931