Famous People Who Died in Aviation Accidents

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Date/Time Name / Group Age Notability Location Aircraft Details Notes
Jan 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant
41 NBA basketball star Calabasas, California Sikorsky S-76B
The helicopter crashed in hilly terrain. Nine killed. Spacial disorientation after entering cloud.  
Apr 23, 2021 Bill Whittington
71 Retired race car driver Winslow, Arizona Swearingen SA-226-T
Impacted terrain under unknown conditions. Two killed.  
Nov 5, 2021 Marilia Mendonca
26 Brazilian singing star Piedade de Caratinga, Brazil Beechcraft King Air
Died while flying in an air taxi on the way to a concert. The aircraft hit power lines while attempting to land. Five killed.  
Dec 15,2021 Jose Angel Hernandez
(Flow La Movie)
38 Puerto Rican music producer Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Gulfstream IV
Encountered problems after taking off and circled Santo Domingo before attempting an emergency landing where it crashed near the runway.  
Feb 8, 2022 Josh Neuman 22 American skateborder Near Reykjavik, Iceland Cessna 172 Crashed into lake Thingvallavatn while on a sightseeing flight. Four killed.  
Oct 1, 2023
Douglas Larsen 47 North Dakota state Senator Near Moab, Utah Piper PA-28-140
Crashed shortly after taking off from Moab. His wife and two children were also killled.  
Oct 1,2023 Russ Francis 70 Fomer NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers Lake Placid, NY Cessna177RG Cardinal
Attempted to return after engine failure on takeoff but impacted trees and terrain at the end of the runway. Two killed.  
Jan 4,2024
Christian Oliver (Klepsker) 51 German Actor Off Bequia, Grenadines Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking

Plane lost power during takeoff, stalled and nose dived into the sea. Killed with his two daughters. Four killed.  

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