Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents
2010s

Date/Time Person Location Aircraft Details Notes
Apr 10, 2010
10:50
Lech Kaczynski
60, President of Poland
Smolensk, Russia Tupolev 154M
101
90A837
The militiary jet crashed into a forest and broke-up while attempting to land in dense fog. The president's wife and 86 other high ranking government officials were killed. 96 killed.  
Aug 9, 2010
22:15
Ted Stevens
86, Former Senator from Alaska
Dillingham, Alaska

de Havalland Otter
N455A
cn: 206
The floatplane crashed on a mountainside in rain and fog. 5 of 9 aboard killed.  
Sep 2, 2011
17:48
Felipe Camiroagal,
Popular Chilian TV entertainer
Juan Fernandez Island, Chile CASA C-212
966
cn: 433
The Chilian Air Force plane crashed 1 km the sea while attempting to land for a third time in strong winds. 21 killed.  
Sep 7, 2011
15:50
TLokomotiv Yaroslavl,
Russian ice hockey team
Yaroslavl, Russia

Yakovlev 42D
RA-42434
cn: 4520424305017
The plane failed to climb after takeoff and crashed into an antenna outside the airport perimeter and came to rest in the Volga River, 1km from the runway. 44 of 45 aboard killed.  
Feb 4, 2012
15:55
Michael de Gruy
60, American cinematographer
Andrew Wight
52, Australian TV producer

Berry, NSW, Australia

Robinson R44 Raven II
cn: 10421
The helicopter crashed soon after taking off from Jaspers Brush Airport. Both were working on a documentary for National Geographic.  
Apr 6, 2012
21:06
Jose Wejebe
54, Fishing show host on the Outdoor Channel
Everglades City,
Florida
CA8-SF Exp
N548SF
cn: 0585552921
The plane had just taken off when it crash landed in a field just off the runway and burst into flames. 1 killed.  
Dec 9, 2012
03:30
Jenni Rivera
43, Mexican-American singer
Near Iturbide, Mexico Learjet 25
N345MC
cn: 25-046
The charter jet crashed while en route from Monterey to Toluca Mexico. 7 killed.  
Jun 13, 2014
08:08
Dr. Richard Rockefeller
65, great grandson of John D. Rockefeller
White Plains, New York Piper PA-46-500TP
N5335R
cn: 4697100
Struck a tree while attempting to takeoff in fog and poor visibility. 1 killed.  
Jun 22, 2015
09:30
James Horner
61, American film composer
Near Cuyana, California Short PLC S312 Tucano MK1
N206PZ
Crashed while piloting his plane near Santa Barbara. 1 killed.  
Aug 28, 2016
21:00
Darrell Ward
52, Star of cable channel TV show "Ice Road Truckers"
Near Rock Creek, Montana Cessna 182
N9936T
Crashed and caught fire on a highway. 2 killed.  
Oct 13, 2016
21:36
Jim Prenice
60, former Alberta premier
Winfield, British Columbia, Canada Cessna 500 Citation I
C-GTNB
Crashed 8 minutes after taking off. 4 killed.  
Nov 28, 2016
22:00
Chapecoense soccer team
Union, Colombia Avro RJ-85
CP-2933
Crashed in mountainous terrain. 71 killed.  
Dec 7, 2016
Junaid Jamshed
52, famous Pakistani singer
Near Havlien, Pakistan ATR-42-500
PIA
CP-293
AP-BHO
Crashed into mountains after running out of fuel. 37 killed,  
Dec 25, 2016 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir Near Ader, Russia Tupolev 154B-2
RA-85572
cn: 83A-572
Crashed into the Black Sea soon after taking off from Ader. 92 killed.  
Sep 08, 2017 Troy Gentry
50, country western singer
Medford, New Jersey Schweitzer 269C
N2091E
cn: S1837
Crashed while taking a short sightseeing trip around the airport resort he was to perform at. 2 killed.  

 

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