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
43
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 
Rocky Marciano
(One of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time)
Rocky Marciano
30
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 31, 1969
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 3 
Patsy Cline
(Singer)
Patsy Cline
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Died: March 5, 1963
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 4 
Otis Redding
(Singer-songwriter)
Otis Redding
32
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
18
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 and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)
Ritchie Valens
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3, 1959
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Audie Murphy
(One of the Most Decorated American Combat Soldiers of World War II)
Audie Murphy
37
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston, Texas, United States
Died: May 28, 1971
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 8 
John F. Kennedy Jr.
(Son of John F. Kennedy)
John F. Kennedy Jr.
34
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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Roberto Clemente
(Puerto Rican Professional Baseball Right Fielder)
Roberto Clemente
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972
 10 
Yuri Gagarin
(Cosmonaut)
Yuri Gagarin
23
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
49
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
19
Birthdate: October 6, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Died: January 16, 1942
 13 
Jim Croce
(Folk and Rock Singer Best Known for His Third album 'You Don't Mess Around with Jim')
Jim Croce
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 20, 1973
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Jenni Rivera
(American Singer Known for Her Work in 'Banda', 'Mariachi' and 'Norteño' Music Genres)
Jenni Rivera
26
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
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 1999
 16 
Francis Gary Powers
(American Military Officer)
Francis Gary Powers
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 1, 1977
 17 
Homi Bhabha
(Indian physicist)
Homi Bhabha
9
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
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Santa Fe
Died: January 21, 2019
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 19 
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)
 20 
Bessie Coleman
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30, 1926
 21 
Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)
Glenn Miller
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15, 1944
 22 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jim Reeves
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 23 
Dean Paul Martin
(Son of American Entertainer Dean Martin)
Dean Paul Martin
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
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
 25 
Samantha Smith
(American Peace Activist and Child Actress Who Became Famous for Her Anti-War Outreaches During the Cold War)
Samantha Smith
8
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1985
 26 
Hansie Cronje
(South African International Cricketer)
Hansie Cronje
8
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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Steve Gaines
(Musician)
Steve Gaines
6
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
2
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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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
 30 
Myles Munroe
(Writer)
Myles Munroe
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: November 9, 2014
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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)
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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
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Ginette Neveu
(Violinist)
Ginette Neveu
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1949
 34 
Junaid Jamshed
(Recording artist)
Junaid Jamshed
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: December 7, 2016
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 35 
David Angell
(Producer)
David Angell
1
Birthdate: April 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Barrington, Rhode Island, USA
Died: September 11, 2001
 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 
John T. Walton
(Sam Walton's Son)
John T. Walton
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States
Died: June 27, 2005
 38 
Omar Torrijos
(Elected official)
Omar Torrijos
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Died: July 31, 1981
 39 
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
 40 
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
 41 
Anthony Radziwill
2
Birthdate: August 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: August 10, 1999
 42 
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
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John Garang
(Politician)
John Garang
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Twic East County
Died: July 30, 2005
 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
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Jesse Robredo
(Politician)
Jesse Robredo
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naga
Died: August 18, 2012
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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
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Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(Former President of Pakistan)
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
25
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
Died: August 17, 1988
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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)
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Milan Rastislav Štefánik
(One of the Founding Fathers of Czechoslovakia)
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská, Slovakia
Died: May 4, 1919
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Xu Zhimo
(Poet)
Xu Zhimo
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haining, Zhejiang, China
Died: November 19, 1931