Celebrities are known for living their lives in a position which is far away from the reach of common folks. And why not? They revolutionized their respective areas with immense talent and back-breaking work to attain the position of regalness; the position about which we could only dream. On this page, we’re listing the celebrities who gained notability and secured their positions on an elevated height but sadly departed our dimensions from the very same peak on which they were far-off from you and me. Here we go with the names of ten famous people who died in airplane crashes, sending a direct shock wave to the masses.
1. Aaliyah Dana Haughton (Cessna 402B airplane crash)
The 22-year-old singer and actress, born Aaliyah Haughton, was killed on 25 August 2001 when the Miami-bound Cessna passenger plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off from the Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas. The craft, which was bound for Opa-Locka Airport, just northwest of Miami, apparently suffered engine failure upon liftoff and exploded just 200 ft. beyond the end of the runway. According to the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation – “The pilot in the plane crash that killed Aaliyah had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body.”
2. Hansie Cronje (Hawker Siddeley HS 748 turboprop airplane crash)
South African cricketer Hansie Cronje, 32, was killed on June 1, 2002, when a light plane in which he was a passenger crashed into a mountain in the far south of the country. Cronje, who was captain of the national team, and regarded as a brilliant batsman, was forced out of the side after the match-fixing scandal in 2000. On June 1, 2002, Cronje met a tragic airplane crash near George airport in Western Cape and died almost instantly along with two pilots.
3. Will Rogers (Lockheed Orion-Explorer airplane crash)
Counted among one of the most popular comedians around the globe, Will Rogers was killed on August 15, 1935, when a private plane flown by both Wiley Post and Will Rogers, crashed just after the take-off. The aircraft, a Lockheed Orion Explorer, departed and just 50 feet off the ground began having engine problems.
4. Prince George (R.A.F. Short Sunderland airplane crash)
Prince George, Duke of Kent was killed on August 25, 1942, in a plane crash during World War 2 at Eagle’s Rock, near Dunbeath, Caithness. The Sunderland Flying Boat in which he was flying was officially heading to Iceland where the Duke was scheduled to meet some senior members of the U.S. Military. His tragic death has been also labeled as one of the greatest mysteries of the world.
5. Sanjay Gandhi (Pitts S-2A airplane crash)
One of the most powerful figures in Indian Politics and the elder son of India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Sanjay was killed in an air crash on 23 June 1980 near Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi. While flying a new aircraft of the Delhi Flying club, he lost his control which yielded a straight downfall of the aircraft. In this tragic crash, his friend Captain Subhash Saxena also fell to the guiles of destiny.
6. Abdul Salam Arif (de Havilland DH.104 Dove 1, RF392 airplane crash)
Colonel Abdul Salam Arif was killed on April 13, 1966, in a mysterious helicopter crash, on the banks of the Shatt-al-Arab river in Southern Iraq. Abdul Salam Arif rose to power in a bloodless military coup in 1963, overthrowing the Baathist regime. His time in power is remembered for his policy of working towards economic union with Nasser’s Egypt. He personally supported the idea of a pan-Arab alliance between Arabian nations and gathered Iraq’s Arab nationalists under the umbrella of the Arab Socialist Union.
7. Roberto Clemente (Douglas DC-7 airplane crash)
Known around the world as “The Great One”, this all-star outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was killed on Dec. 31, 1972, en route to deliver assistance to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. His humanitarian legacy survives to this day. Roberto Clemente continues to be an inspiration for sports fans of all ages, and even has an international club that was created in his honor. Several schools are named after him in the U.S., and he is the second baseball player to appear on a U.S. Postage Stamp with Jackie Robinson being the first.
8. John Denver (Rutan Long-EZ airplane crash)
Country roads take me home, to the place I belong. On October 12, 1997, John Denver, popular folk singer and amateur pilot, at the controls of a newly-purchased experimental aircraft, died after crashing into Monterey Bay, in California. His brain, his teeth, his eyes, for that matter, 75% of his head was missing. Also gone were his right hemipelvis, and right thigh, one lung, and his gallbladder.
9. James Stephen Fossett (Bellanca Super Decathlon airplane crash)
On September 3rd, 2007, millionaire and adventurer Steve Fossett (63) disappeared after flying a Bellanca Super Decathlon, tail number N240R, from the “Flying M Ranch” near Yerington, Nevada. Despite an intense two week search for the missing aviator, including the unorthodox use of online mapping software by over 50,000 people, no trace of Fossett, or his plane, had been found for over a year, until October of 2008. A hiker found the contents of Fossett’s wallet in California’s Mammoth Lakes region. On October 29, search teams recovered two large human bones that they suspected might belong to Fossett. Tennis shoes with animal bite marks on them were also recovered.
10. John F. Kennedy Jr. (Piper Saratoga II HP airplane crash)
On 16 July 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, were killed when the aircraft piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashed in the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vinyard, Massachusetts. Kennedy was the sole pilot on a night flight that departed from the New York City area and was en route to a family gathering in Massachusetts. Counted among one of the most miserable airplane crashes of all time, this incident also proved that Kennedy’s can’t get rid of series of tragedies.