Category Search - air crash (Died in a plane or helicopter crash - not a spacecraft crash)

(93 found)

Aaliyah
singer, actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
22
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album I Care 4 You. Died in an airplane crash.

Michael Adams
aviator, accident, air crash, X-15

Real/Birth Name:
Michael James Adams
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut/test pilot X-15. The first American space mission fatality, according to the United States definition. Reached a peak altitude of 266,000 feet (81 km) then crashed.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Davey Allison
auto racing, air crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
David Carl Allison
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR driver. Crashed his helicopter at Talladega infield, died the next day.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hobey Baker
hockey, aviator, air crash, accident, news

Real/Birth Name:
Hobart Amory Hare Baker
Nickname(s):
Hobey
Hobie
the blond Adonis of the gridiron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
26, 25 days before his 27th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team Princeton University, both hockey and football. Considered one of the early great ice hockey players. Flew in World War I. Plane crashed after takeoff, in France, he was the pilot.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Charles Bassett
aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Arthur Bassett II
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trained to be an astronaut. Died in a plane crash. Died in the same crash with Elliot See.

Philip Bent
actor, accident, air crash, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Gordon Bent
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
25, 11 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Linda Bent, until he died.
Younger than Linda Bent by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Died when a private plane he was piloting and "showing off" crashed into the Pacific near La Jolla, CA. His friend Peter Sachse, a passenger, was also killed. Their wives were watching.

Berry Berenson
photographer, actor, murdered, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Berinthia Berenson
Also Known As:
Berinthia Perkins
Berry Berenson Perkins
Nickname(s):
Berry
Gender:
Female
Death Date:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie Cat People. Died when the Flight 11 plane crashed into the World Trade Center - she was a passenger.

Hale Boggs
politician, US Representative, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Hale Boggs
Also Known As:
Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
husband of
Lindy Boggs, until he died.
Older than Lindy Boggs by 2 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Democrat. On the Warren Commission. Candidate for governor of Louisiana, but lost. US Representative from Louisiana until his death. Succeeded by wife Lindy Boggs. Disappeared in Alaska in a single engine airplane.

Gianna Bryant
accident, air crash, basketball

Real/Birth Name:
Gianna Bryant
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
13
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Relationships:

great niece of
granddaughter of
daughter of
granddaughter of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Died in a helicopter crash, with her father.

Kobe Bryant
basketball, accused, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Kobe Bean Bryant
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 5 inches (195.58 cm)

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Team Los Angeles Lakers. Accused of rape. Charges dropped and suit settled. Spoke fluent Italian. Died in a helicopter crash near Calabassas, California. Olympic Gold Medal 2008. Olympic Gold Medal 2012.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ronnie Caldwell
musician, R&B, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Louis Caldwell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
18, 17 days before his 19th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Keyboardist/organist. Member of band The Bar-Kays. Died in the plane crash with Otis Redding.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Earl Carroll
producer, director, Broadway, composer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Earl Carroll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Broadway revue and film Murder at the Vanities. Plane crash, also killing his girlfriend Beryl Wallace.

Sonny Carter
aviator, accident, air crash, space, doctor

Real/Birth Name:
Manley Lanier Carter Jr.
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot, astronaut. Died in a plane crash, a commercial flight.

Space Missions:

STS-33
Shuttle Discovery, launched November 22, 1989

Duration: 5d 0h.

Vernon Castle
dancer, accident, military, aviator, writer, actor, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Vernon Castle Blythe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Irene Castle, until he died.
Older than Irene Castle by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Husband/wife dance team. He died in a military plane crash (he was a flight instructor) just before the end of World War I. Subject of movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle.

Andy Chapin
musician, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Andrew Robert Chapin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Keyboardist. Member of bands The Association, Steppenwolf, Ricky Nelson Band. Album Hour of the Wolf with Steppenwolf. Died in a plane crash with Ricky Nelson.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of group The Association.

Buddy Clark
singer, actor, accident, radio, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Goldberg
Also Known As:
Sam Goldberg
Nickname(s):
The Contented Crooner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Popular singer, often recorded with Xavier Cugat. Songs Linda, Rosalie, How Are Things in Glocca Morra?, These Foolish Things, Peg O' My Heart, Baby, It's Cold Outside. Died in a plane crash October 1, 1949 - plane ran out of fuel or the fuel line clogged, and crashed in Los Angeles trying to land on Beverly Boulevard. He died an hour later; all others aboard survived.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6800 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Roberto Clemente
baseball, accident, activist, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Roberto Walker Clemente
Also Known As:
Roberto Clemente (Walker)
Nickname(s):
Arriba
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Puerto Rican. Right field. Over 3,000 hits. Team Pittsburgh Pirates. Died in a plane crash helping deliver relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicauraga.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Patsy Cline
singer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Virginia Patterson Hensley
Nickname(s):
Ginny
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in an airplane crash. Also killed - Hankshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas. Songs I Fall to Pieces, Crazy, which was written by Willie Nelson.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6160 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry3 August 1999

Art Cohn
writer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Art Cohn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48, 14 days before his 49th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sports writer, screenwriter. Movies The Girl Who Had Everything, The Seven Hills of Rome, Red Skies of Montana. Died in a plane crash.

Bessie Coleman
aviator, stunts, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Coleman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. Died when she fell out of an airplane that went into a spin and crashed. She was not the pilot.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Cowboy Copas
singer, musician, composer, country, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Lloyd Estel Copas
Gender:
Male
Death Date:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Fiddle and guitar. Album 20 Song Gospel Collection Song Sign, Sealed and Delivered. Died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline, Hankshaw Hawkins.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jim Croce
singer, composer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
James Joseph Croce
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in a plane crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Scott Crossfield
aviator, accident, air crash, X-15

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Scott Crossfield
Also Known As:
A. Scott Crossfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. First to fly twice the speed of sound. Flew the X-15. Died when the Cessna 210A he was flying encountered a thunderstorm and broke up in air.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Carl Cunningham
musician, R&B, composer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Lee Cunningham
Also Known As:
Cunningham
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
19 or 20

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Original member, band The Bar-Kays. Album SoulFinger. Died in plane crash with Otis Redding.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

John Denver
actor, singer, composer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in plane crash. Songs Rocky Mountain High, Take Me Home, Country Roads, Sunshine on My Shoulders, Thank God I'm a Country Boy, Grandma's Feather Bed, Annie's Song.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry24 October 2014

Amelia Earhart
aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Amelia Mary Earhart
Also Known As:
Amelia Earhart Putnam
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39, 22 days before her 40th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apparently died in a plane crash. She was flying across the Pacific.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Steve Fossett
aviator, swimming, business, explorer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
James Stephen Fossett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Millionaire adventurer. Swam the English Channel. First nonstop balloon flight around the world. First nonstop solo airplane flight around the world without refueling, March 3, 2005. Died in a plane crash, not found for over a year.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ted Freeman
aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Cordy Freeman
Also Known As:
Theodore C. Freeman
Nickname(s):
Ted
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test Pilot. Trained to be an astronaut. Died in a plane crash of a T-38 jet he ejected from, but his parachute failed.

Yuri Gagarin
space, accident, air crash, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
Also Known As:
Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First human to orbit the Earth, a single orbit, on 12 April 1961, aboard Vostok 1. Died in an airplane crash, a MiG-15 training jet.

Space Missions:

Vostok 1 (1961)
April 12. 1 hour 48 minutes. One orbit. First man in space. First manned orbit.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Cassie Gaines
singer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Cassie LaRue Gaines
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older sister of
Older than Steve Gaines by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Backup vocals in group Honkettes, for band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Song Sweet Home Alabama. Died in a plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi when plane ran out of fuel.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of group Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of group Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Steve Gaines
musician, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Steven Earl Gaines
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Cassie Gaines by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Guitarist for band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Song Sweet Home Alabama. Died in a plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi when plane ran out of fuel.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of group Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of group Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Troy Gentry
country, singer, musician, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Troy Lee Gentry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Duo Montgomery Gentry. Album Back When I Knew It All. Songs Something to Be Proud Of, My Town, Lucky Man. Died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bill Graham
business, producer, actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Wolodia Grajonca
Nickname(s):
Wolfgang
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Changed name after coming to New York after World War II. His mother was killed in Auschwitz. A rock concert producer and promoter. Movie Bugsy. Killed in a helicopter crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

David Griggs
space, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley David Griggs
Also Known As:
S. David Griggs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Flew shuttle Discovery. First unscheduled EVA. Died in a plane crash flying a World War II vintage training aircraft doing stunts.

Space Missions:

STS-51-D
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 12, 1985

Duration: 6d 23h.

Roy Halladay
baseball, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Leroy Halladay III
Nickname(s):
Doc
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Pitched a perfect game 2010. Teams Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies. Died when a plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 2018.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hawkshaw Hawkins
musician, country, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Franklin Hawkins
Nickname(s):
The Hawk
Eleven Yards of Personality
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Jean Shepard, until he died.
Older than Jean Shepard by 11 years.

Brief Facts:

Album I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy. Song Lonesome 7-7203. Died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kenneth Hawks
director, writer, producer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Kenneth Neil Hawks
Gender:
Male

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Movie Big Time (1929). Died in a plane crash 1930.

John Heinz
Senator, US Representative, business, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Henry John Heinz III
Also Known As:
H. John Heinz III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Teresa Heinz Kerry, until he died.
Younger than Teresa Heinz Kerry by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Republican House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977. US senator from Pennsylvania 1977 to his death in 1991. Died in a plane crash.

Patricia Hilliard Robertson
accident, doctor, air crash, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Patricia Consolatrix Hilliard
Also Known As:
Patricia Consolatrix Hilliard Robertson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Medical doctor, astronaut. Died of injuries from a private plane crash.

Buddy Holly
singer, accident, musician, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Hardin Holley
Also Known As:
Buddy Holley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
22
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in a plane crash with Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson aka "Big Bopper". Formed early rock group The Crickets. Songs Oh Boy!, That'll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of group The Crickets.
Music City Walk of Fame 2007 as a member of group The Crickets.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2008 as a member of group The Crickets.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of group The Crickets.
West Texas Walk of Fame 1986 as a member of group The Crickets.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry7 September 2011

James Horner
composer, conductor, producer, aviator, air crash, accident

Real/Birth Name:
James Roy Horner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Titanic, Deep Impact, Avatar, Troy, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Windtalkers, Legends of the Fall, The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, Patriot Games, The Rocketeer, Aliens. Died in a plane crash piloting a single engine craft he owned.

Leslie Howard
actor, producer, director, writer, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Leslie Howard Steiner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Gone with the Wind, Of Human Bondage. He was shot down by Luftwaffe fighter planes in a flight over the Bay of Biscay. Name changed by deed poll 1920.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6550 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Randy Hughes
aviator, business, accident, musician, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Ramsey D. Hughes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Manager for Patsy Cline. Not instrument rated, piloted plane in a storm, plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. Killed, with Cline, Hankshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas (his father in-law).

Phalon Jones
musician, R&B, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Phalon R. Jones Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
19 or 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist. Died in the air crash with members of band The Bar-Kays.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
style, accident, model, writer, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Carolyn Jeanne Bessette
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
John Kennedy Jr. - they died the same date, 16 July 1999
Younger than John Kennedy Jr. by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Publicist for Calvin Klein. Died in a plane crash with her husband and older sister Lauren Bessette.

Joseph Kennedy Jr.
aviator, air crash, accident

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
older brother of
Older than Edward Kennedy by 16 years.
older brother of
Older than Eunice Kennedy Shriver by 5 years.
older brother of
Older than Jean Kennedy Smith by 12 years.
older brother of
Older than John F. Kennedy by 1 year.
uncle of
uncle of
son of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
older brother of
Older than Patricia Kennedy Lawford by 8 years.
uncle of
older brother of
Older than Robert F. Kennedy by 10 years.
uncle of
son of
uncle of
older brother of
Older than Rosemary Kennedy by 3 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Bomber pilot during World War II. Killed when his plane exploded in flight - it had a load of explosives and was planned to be crashed as a bomb.

John Kennedy Jr.
publisher, accident, aviator, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.
Nickname(s):
John-John
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

first cousin once removed of
younger brother of
Younger than Caroline Kennedy by 2 years.
husband of
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy - they died the same date, 16 July 1999
Older than Carolyn Bessette Kennedy by 5 years.
first cousin of
nephew of
nephew of
son of
nephew of
son of
uncle of
nephew of
grandson of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
nephew of
first cousin of
nephew of
first cousin once removed of
nephew of
first cousin of
grandson of
uncle of
nephew of
nephew of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Died in a plane crash - he was pilot.

Jimmy King
musician, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Jimmy King
Also Known As:
Jimmie King
Jimmie King Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
18
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist, original member of band The Bar-kays. Died in the plane crash with other band members.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Nile Kinnick
football, aviator, air crash, military

Real/Birth Name:
Nile Clarke Kinnick Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
24
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team University of Iowa as quarterback. In the Navy, his plane crashed into the ocean after an oil leak killed the engine.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Alan Kulwicki
auto racing, accident, air crash, NASCAR

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Dennis Kulwicki
Nickname(s):
Special K
Polish Prince
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR Winston Cup driver.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Robert H. Lawrence
military, aviator, scientist, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

US Air Force Major, test pilot, the first African-American astronaut. PhD in chemistry. Selected by the USAF as an astronaut in the Air Force's secreet Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL) program, the first black astronaut. Died in a crash of the jet he was in, training a pilot. MOL was later cancelled, never deployed.

Jerry Litton
US Representative, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Lon Litton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Democrat. Had just won a primary - died in a plane crash with wife and 2 kids.

Carole Lombard
actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Jane Alice Peters
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Clark Gable, until she died.
Younger than Clark Gable by 7 years.
daughter of
ex-wife of
Younger than William Powell by 16 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Movie My Man Godfrey, Twentieth Century, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Died in a plane crash near Las Vegas,with her mother.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6930 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Dean Manuel
musician, business, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Dockie Dean Manuel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Business partner of Jim Reeves and pianist in his band The Blue Boys. Died in the same plane crash in Tennessee.

Rocky Marciano
boxing, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Rocco Francis Marchegiano
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45, 1 day before his 46th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heavyweight. Never defeated. Died in a plane crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dean Paul Martin
tennis, singer, actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Dino Paul Martin Jr.
Also Known As:
Dean-Paul Martin
Dino Martin Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
ex-husband of
Older than Dorothy Hamill by 4 years.
ex-husband of
Younger than Olivia Hussey by less than 1 year.
older brother of
Older than Ricci Martin by 1 year.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Tennis pro. Singer with Desi Arnaz IV. Movie A Boy ... A Girl. Died in a plane crash - a National Guard jet.

Larry McDonald
doctor, US Representative, murdered, air crash, military

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Patton McDonald
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Flight surgeon in the Navy. Democratic US Representative from Georgia 7th district. Killed as a passenger on a Korean Airlines shot down over the Soviet Union.

Glenn Miller
musician, composer, bandleader, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Alton Glenn Miller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist, composer, bandleader. Songs In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction. The best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

John Joseph Montgomery
inventor, scientist, engineer, educator, air crash, accident, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
John Joseph Montgomery
Also Known As:
John J. Montgomery
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Professor. Early experiments and inventions in fixed-wing glider flying. Tried wing warping and flaps for control. Died when he crashed in a flight from a hot air balloon.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Thurman Munson
baseball, accident, aviator, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Thurman Lee Munson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher for team New York Yankees. Died in a plane crash. He was pilot.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Audie Murphy
military, accident, actor, western, air crash, hero

Real/Birth Name:
Audie Leon Murphy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44, 23 days before his 45th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Wanda Hendrix by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Many medals for heroism in World War II. Movie To Hell and Back. Died in a private plane crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Ricky Nelson
singer, actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Eric Hilliard Nelson
Also Known As:
Rick Nelson
Nickname(s):
Rick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than David Nelson by 3 years.
father of
son of
ex-husband of
Older than Kristin Nelson by 5 years.
father of
son of
father of
by adoption uncle of
father of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Band Ricky Nelson Band. Died in a plane crash. He owned an old DC-3. Songs Lonesome Town, Poor Little Fool, Hello Mary Lou, Young World, Be-Bop Baby.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1515 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry17 September 1975
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive27 March 1994

Grady Nutt
religion, writer, comedy, tv, actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Grady Lee Nutt
Also Known As:
Rev. Grady Nutt
Nickname(s):
The Prime Minister of Humor
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show Hee Haw. Baptist minister. Died in a plane crash at Vineland, Alabama, along with the pilot and co-pilot.

Robert Overmyer
aviator, space, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Franklyn Overmyer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shuttle pilot. Shuttle mission with SpaceLab 3. Died in a plane crash, a light plane he was testing.

Space Missions:

SpaceLab 3 (1985)
April 29. Aboard shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51B. Objective was to provide a high quality microgravity environment for delicate materials processing and fluid experiments.
STS-5
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 11, 1982

Duration: 5d 2h.
STS-51-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 29, 1985

Duration: 7d 0h.

Elizabeth Peters
relative, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Jayne Knight
Nickname(s):
Bessie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
66 or 67
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Born before 20 June 1876. Parents separated. Died in the same plane crash with her daughter.

Wiley Post
aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Wiley Hardeman Post
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First to fly solo around the world. Died in a plane crash in Alaska. He was pilot. Passenger was Will Rogers.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Prince George, Duke of Kent
royalty, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
George Edward Alexander Edmund
Also Known As:
Duke of Kent
Earl of St Andrews
Baron Downpatrick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

uncle of
grandson of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
great grandson of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin once removed of
uncle of
younger brother of
Younger than Duke of Windsor by 8 years.
second cousin twice removed of
grandson of
second cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
great nephew of
grandfather of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin of
second cousin of
great grandfather of
grandfather of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
grandson of
son of
younger brother of
Younger than King George VI by 7 years.
first cousin once removed of
first cousin of
uncle of
grandfather of
grandfather of
second cousin twice removed of
uncle of
grandfather of
grandfather of
second cousin of
great grandson of
second cousin once removed of
son of
younger brother of
Younger than Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood by 5 years.
great grandfather of
second cousin of
second cousin twice removed of
great grandson of
first cousin once removed of
uncle of
great nephew of
second cousin twice removed of
uncle of
father of
uncle of
second cousin twice removed of
younger brother of
Younger than Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester by 2 years.
older brother of
Older than Prince John of the United Kingdom by 2 years.
great nephew of
father of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin of
uncle of
uncle of
second cousin twice removed of
father of
second cousin of
great nephew of
first cousin once removed of
uncle of
great nephew of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
uncle of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin of
husband of
Older than Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark by 3 years.
grandson of
nephew of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin of
first cousin once removed of
uncle of
second cousin once removed of
great grandson of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
great nephew of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

4th son. Killed in an air crash when the flying boat he was on crashed into a hillside.

Prince William of Gloucester
royalty, aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
William Henry Andrew Frederick
Also Known As:
William of Gloucester
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

uncle of
great grandson of
third cousin of
first cousin twice removed of
great great grandson of
first cousin twice removed of
third cousin of
first cousin once removed of
nephew of
third cousin once removed of
great grandson of
third cousin of
third cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin once removed of
second cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
third cousin of
great grandson of
grandson of
nephew of
second cousin of
first cousin once removed of
uncle of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin once removed of
great great grandson of
third cousin of
grandson of
nephew of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
great great grandson of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin once removed of
third cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
nephew of
first cousin twice removed of
son of
nephew of
first cousin of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
older brother of
Older than Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester by 2 years.
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin twice removed of
third cousin once removed of
first cousin of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
great grandson of
great nephew of
second cousin once removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin of
third cousin of
great great grandson of
second cousin twice removed of
first cousin twice removed of
third cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin twice removed of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Eldest son of Duke of Gloucester. Died in light plane crash. He was pilot.

Otis Redding
composer, singer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Otis Ray Redding Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
26
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote the song Respect. Recorded the song Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay 3 days before he died in an airplane crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jim Reeves
singer, country, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
James Travis Reeves
Nickname(s):
Gentleman Jim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40, 20 days before his 41st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Four Walls, He'll Have to Go which was written by Joe Allison. Died in a plane crash in a rainstorm.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Walter Reuther
activist, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Philip Reuther
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pronounced ROO-ther. Labor leader (UAW), died 1970 in a plane crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Lance Reventlow
auto racing, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Count Lance von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
first cousin once removed of
great nephew of
grandson of
great grandson of
grandson of
ex-husband of
Older than Jill St. John by 4 years.
son of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Heir to the Woolworth fortune, playboy. At the age of 21, he was given the choice between becoming an American, Danish or British citizen. He chose American citizenship. Died in a plane crash.

Randy Rhoads
musician, accident, air crash, metal

Real/Birth Name:
Randall William Rhoads
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
25
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Co-founder of band Quiet Riot. Played with Ozzy Osbourne. Died in a private plane crash in Florida when the pilot buzzed too close to the tour bus and clipped it.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

JP Richardson
singer, composer, accident, air crash, radio

Real/Birth Name:
Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.
Also Known As:
J.P. Richardson
J. P. Richardson
Jay P. Richardson
Nickname(s):
Big Bopper
The Big Bopper
Jape
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Chantilly Lace. Died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens. Composed for others sons Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor, Running Bear, White Lightnin'.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jenni Rivera
singer, actor, producer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Dolores Janney Rivera
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series I Love Jenni. Album Jenni. Died in a plane crash in Mexico.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Las Vegas Walk of Stars A star at MGM Hotel1 July 2011

Knute Rockne
football, coach, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Knut Larsen Rokne
Also Known As:
Knute Kenneth Rockne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pronounced Kuh-NOOT. Emigrated to Chicago with his parents when he was five years old. Coach for team University of Notre Dame. Famed for "Win one for the Gipper" speech. 5 seasons with no loss. Only 12 losses in 13 years. Subject of movie Knute Rockne All American with Ronald Reagan as the Gipper. Died in a plane crash.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Will Rogers
comedy, actor, mayor, wild west, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
William Penn Adair Rogers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Silent films, then talkies. Movie Life Begins at Forty. Texas Jack's wild west show. Philosopher. Known for funny one-liners. Mayor of Beverly Hills. Died in a plane crash in Alaska with Wiley Post.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6401 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio

Peter Sachse
actor, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Louis Sachse
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
26
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Salli Sachse, until he died.
Older than Salli Sachse by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine as an uncredited passerby. Died when a private plane he was riding crashed into the Pacific near La Jolla, CA. His friend Philip Bent, the pilot and owner, was also killed. The pilot was "showing off".

Elliot See
aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Elliot McKay See Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trained to be an astronaut. Died in a plane crash with Charles Bassett.

Wilbur Shaw
auto racing, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Warren Wilbur Shaw
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 1 day before his 52nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wwon the Indianapolis 500 race three times, in 1937, 1939 and 1940. Died in a plane crash near Decatur, Illinois.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dolly Sinatra
politician, activist, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Natalina Maria Vittoria Garaventa
Also Known As:
Natalie Sinatra
Nickname(s):
Dolly
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80, 11 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Died in a plane crash. Active in Democratic politics.

Samantha Smith
famous, activist, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Samantha Reed Smith
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
13
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Ten years old, wrote to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov asking why he wanted nuclear war. The Soviet Union issued a stamp in her honor. Died in a plane crash. Called a "Goodwill Ambassador".

Payne Stewart
golf, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
William Payne Stewart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pro golfer. Wore classic style golf clothing. Died when his private jet apparently lost cabin pressure and later crashed.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Oscar Stonorov
architect, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Oscar Gregory Stonorov
Also Known As:
Oskar Stonorov
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Modernist architect. Emigrated to the US in 1929. Died in the same plane crrash witth Walter Reuther.

Stephen Thorne
accident, air crash, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Douglas Thorne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In training as an astronaut. Died in a private plane crash.

Michael Todd
producer, director, accident, air crash, Broadway, business

Real/Birth Name:
Avrom Hirsh Goldbogen
Also Known As:
Mike Todd
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
1
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Elizabeth Taylor, until he died.
Younger than Elizabeth Taylor by 24 years.
ex-husband of
Younger than Joan Blondell by 50 years.

Brief Facts:

Film and theatre producer. Started the businesses which created the Cinerama and the Todd-AO processes. Died in a plane crash.

John Tower
Senator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
John Goodwin Tower
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Republican. Senator from Texas, 1981-1985. Air crash, landing in a commercial flight at Brunswick, Georgia.

Ritchie Valens
singer, musician, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Steven Valenzuela
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
17
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs La Bamba, Donna, Rockin' All Night. Died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly, JP Richardson aka "Big Bopper".

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry11 May 1990

Ronnie Van Zant
singer, composer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Wayne Van Zant
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Lynyrd Skynyrd. Song Sweet Home Alabama. Died in a plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi in a forest.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of group Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of group Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Stevie Ray Vaughan
musician, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Ray Vaughan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Died in a helicopter crash, Songs Texas Flood, The House Is Rockin'. Ranked #7 in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Joseph A. Walker
space, aviator, scientist, accident, air crash, X-15

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Albert Walker
Also Known As:
Joseph Walker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, test pilot. X-15 flights 77, 90, 91, the only X-15 pilot to fly above 100 km.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Beryl Wallace
actor, singer, dancer, Broadway, radio, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Beatrice Heischuber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Murder at the Vanities. Boadway revue Earl Carroll's Vanities (1940). Died in a plane crash at Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania. Boyfriend Earl Carroll also killed.

Clifton Williams
aviator, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Clifton Curtis Williams Jr.
Nickname(s):
C.C.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35, 9 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Trained to be an astronaut. Died in a plane crash due to mechanical failure of an aileron.
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