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Artists who died in a plane crash

Created by maluca on 05 Dec 2018 | Last edited by maluca on 12 Apr 2022
Artists who died in a plane crash

Artists who died in plane or helicopter crashes.

1. Carlos Gardel Artist

Died on June 24, 1935 in an airplane crash in Medellín, Colombia.

Country:  Argentina

Genre:  Latino

Languages:  Spanish, French, Guaraní, English

Saint-Exupéry's last assigned mission as a pilot in WWII was to collect intelligence on German troop movements in and around the Rhone Valley preceding the Allied invasion of southern France ("Operation Dragoon"). Although he had been reinstated to his old squadron with the provision that he was to fly only five missions, on 31 July 1944, he took off in an unarmed P-38 on his ninth reconnaissance mission from an airbase on Corsica. To the great alarm of his squadron compatriots, he did not return, vanishing without a trace. Word of his disappearance shortly spread across the literary world and then into international headlines. An unidentifiable body in a French uniform was found several days after his disappearance east of the Frioul archipelago south of Marseille and buried in Carqueiranne in September.

Country:  France

Genre:  Poetry

Language:  German

3. Glenn Miller Artist

Miller was due to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris on December 15, 1944, to make arrangements to move his entire band there in the near future. His plane, a single-engine UC-64 Norseman, departed from RAF Twinwood Farm in Clapham, on the outskirts of Bedford, and disappeared while flying over the English Channel.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Jazz

Language:  English

He was on an Aerolíneas Argentinas flight to Buenos Aires from Mendoza on 23 April 1954, when it crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board

Country:  Lithuania

Genres:  Poetry, Singer-songwriter

Language:  Yiddish

Two members of the group, R.W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles, died on June 30, 1954, in an accident with the group's own private plane.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Religious

Language:  English

Popular song:  In My Father's House

6. Pedro Infante Artist

On April 15, 1957 Infante was co-piloting a Consolidated B-24D, which had been converted from heavy bomber to freighter in San Diego, California. The plane crashed five minutes after taking off from Mérida, Yucatán, in southeast Mexico.

Country:  Mexico

Genre:  Singer-songwriter

Languages:  Spanish, English

7. Buddy Holly Artist

Died on February 3, 1959, in the crash of a chartered four-seat Beechcraft Bonanza airplane during the Winter Dance Party tour.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock 'n' Roll

Language:  English

8. Ritchie Valens Artist

Died in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock 'n' Roll

Languages:  English, Spanish

Popular songs:  La BambaCome On, Let's GoDonna

9. The Big Bopper Artist

Died in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly and Richie Valens.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock 'n' Roll

Language:  English

Popular song:  Chantilly Lace

10. Patsy Cline Artist

Cline's flight, a Piper PA-24 Comanche plane, crashed in heavy weather on the evening of March 5, 1963 while on the way from a concert in Kansas City. The plane was found some 90 miles (140 km) from its Nashville destination, in a forest outside of Camden, Tennessee

Country:  United States

Genres:  Country music, Religious, Swing

Language:  English

11. Cowboy Copas Artist

Died in the same plane crash as Patsy Cline.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Country music

Language:  English

12. Hawkshaw Hawkins Artist

Died in the same plane crash as Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Country music

Language:  English

Popular song:  Lonesome 7-7203

13. Jim Reeves Artist

On Friday, July 31, 1964, Reeves and his business partner and manager Dean Manuel (also the pianist of Reeves' backing group, the Blue Boys) left Batesville, Arkansas, en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft N8972M with Reeves at the controls.
While flying over Brentwood, Tennessee, they encountered a violent thunderstorm and crashed.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Country music

Languages:  English, Afrikaans

14. Otis Redding Artist

On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and his backing band, the Bar-Kays, boarded Redding's Beechcraft H18 airplane in Cleveland, Ohio to Madison, Wisconsin.
The weather was poor, with heavy rain and fog. Four miles (6.4 km) from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed into Lake Monona.

Country:  United States

Genre:  R&B/Soul

Language:  English

15. The Bar-Kays Artist

On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays—Jimmie King (born June 8, 1949; guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (born December 27, 1948; electric organ), Phalon Jones (born 1948; saxophone), and Carl Cunningham (born 1948; drums)—and their partner, Matthew Kelly, died when their airplane crashed into Lake Monona, near Madison, Wisconsin, while attempting to land at Truax Field. Redding and the band were scheduled to play their next concerts in Madison. Trumpeter Ben Cauley was the only survivor of the crash. Bassist James Alexander was on another plane, as the plane carrying Redding held only seven passengers. Cauley and Alexander rebuilt the group.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Funk

Language:  English

16. Pasha Hristova Artist

Died in a plane crash at Sofia airport on December 21, 1971 when she was travelling together with the Sofia Orchestra, Maria Neykova, Boris Gudjunov, the Aura folk ensemble and the folk singer Yanka Rupkina to the days of Bulgarian culture in Algeria.
During take-off a strong crosswind tilted the plane to one side and the plane exploded in flames. Of the 73 people on board, 30 died. Among the survivors were Boris Gudjunov and Maria Neykova with severe injuries and Yanka Rupkina, with minor burns.

17. Jim Croce Artist

On September 20, 1973, during Croce's Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single "I Got a Name" was released, Croce and all five others on board were killed when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed into a tree during takeoff from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop-Folk, Rock

Language:  English

18. Chase (USA) Artist

On August 9, 1974 while en route to a scheduled performance at the Jackson County Fair in Minnesota, band leader Bill Chase died at the age of 39 in the plane crash of a chartered twin-engine Piper Twin Comanche in Jackson, Minnesota. Also killed, along with the pilot and a female companion, were keyboardist Wally Yohn, drummer Walter Clark, and guitarist John Emma.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Jazz, Rock

Language:  English

19. Lynyrd Skynyrd Artist

Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in an airplane crash on October 20, 1977. The band had boarded a chartered Convair CV-240 in Greenville, South Carolina bound for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After running out of fuel the pilots attempted an emergency landing before crashing in a heavily forested area five miles northeast of Gillsburg, Mississippi.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Blues, Country music, Rock

Language:  English

20. Anna Jantar Artist

Jantar died in the crash of LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007 from JFK International Airport on 14 March 1980, near Okęcie Airport in Warsaw.

Country:  Poland

Genre:  Pop

Language:  Polish

21. Keith Green Artist

Along with eleven others, Green died on July 28, 1982, when the Robertson STOL-modified Cessna 414 leased by Last Days Ministries crashed after takeoff from the private airstrip located on the LDM property. The small two-engine plane was carrying eleven passengers and the pilot, Don Burmeister, for an aerial tour of the LDM property and the surrounding area. Green and two of his children, three-year-old Josiah and two-year-old Bethany, were on board the plane, along with visiting church planters, John and Dede Smalley and their six children.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Religious

Language:  English

22. Stan Rogers Artist

Rogers died alongside 22 other passengers most likely of smoke inhalation on June 2, 1983, while traveling on Air Canada Flight 797 (a McDonnell Douglas DC-9) after performing at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The airliner was flying from Dallas, Texas, to Toronto and Montreal when a fire of unknown ignition source within the vanity or toilet shroud of the aft washroom forced it to make an emergency landing at the Greater Cincinnati Airport in northern Kentucky.

Country:  Canada

Genres:  Folk, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

23. Kyū Sakamoto Artist

On August 12, 1985, Sakamoto was aboard Japan Airlines Flight 123 (departing from Tokyo) - and heading to Osaka for an event. The plane crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma, a disaster that remains the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history with 520 people killed, including Sakamoto.

24. Ricky Nelson Artist

Nelson died on December 31, 1985, flying from Guntersville, Alabama, to Dallas, Texas, for a concert. The plane was his own Douglas DC-3, which had a history of mechanical problems. All seven passengers, including Helen Blair, his girlfriend at the time, died. Only the two pilots survived.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, Rock 'n' Roll

Language:  English

25. Daniel Balavoine Artist

In 1986, Daniel Balavoine was chosen to lead a fund-raising effort aimed at building water wells in Africa. In order to supervise it, he was invited by Thierry Sabine, founder and director of the Paris-Dakar Rally raid.

On 14 January 1986, Balavoine, Sabine, François-Xavier Bagnoud (HSH Albert II, Prince of Monaco's cousin), a female reporter and her cameraman got aboard Sabine's Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil helicopter to attend a soccer match. At 7:00 p.m., the helicopter encountered a desert storm and landed. But some time later, the chopper took off, and after a few minutes, it crashed and disintegrated, killing all five passengers on board

Country:  France

Genres:  Pop, Singer-songwriter

Language:  French

26. Dino, Desi & Billy Artist

Dean "Dino" Paul Martin Jr., an avid pilot, obtained his pilot's license at age 16 and became an officer in the California Air National Guard in 1980.
He died on March 21 1987 when his F-4 departed March Air Force Base, California, on a routine training mission and crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm, killing him and his weapons systems officer, Captain Ramon Ortiz. He was 35 years old.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Pop-Rock

Language:  English

Popular song:  I’m a Fool

27. Stevie Ray Vaughan Artist

On Monday, August 27, 1990, at 12:50 a.m. (CDT), Vaughan and members of Eric Clapton's touring entourage played an all-star encore jam session at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Alpine Valley Resort in East Troy, Wisconsin. Afterwards they took off for Midway International Airport in Chicago in a Bell 206B helicopter, the most common way for acts to enter and exit the venue as there is only one road in and out, which is heavily used by fans. The helicopter crashed into a nearby ski hill shortly after takeoff.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Blues, Rock

Language:  English

28. Mamonas Assassinas Artist

All the band members died when on March 2, 1996, the plane in which they were flying crashed into the Cantareira mountain range near São Paulo.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  Comedy, Rock

Languages:  Portuguese, English

Popular songs:  Vira-ViraRobocop GayPelados em Santos

29. John Denver Artist

Denver died on October 12, 1997, when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California, while making a series of touch-and-go landings at the nearby Monterey Peninsula Airport.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Country music, Folk, Pop

Languages:  English, Russian, German

30. Aaliyah Artist

Died on August 25, 2001, in the crash of a Cessna 402B in the Bahamas where she had been to shoot a music video. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, about 200 feet (60 m) from the end of the runway and exploded.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, R&B/Soul

Language:  English

31. Melanie Thornton Artist

On the night of November 24, 2001, Thornton died in the crash of Crossair Flight 3597 near Zürich, Switzerland. The plane crashed into a wooded range of hills near Bassersdorf and caught fire, killing 24 of the 33 people on board.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Dance, Eurodance, Pop

Language:  English

32. Passion Fruit Artist

On 24 November 2001 María Serrano-Serrano and Nathaly van het Ende died along with former La Bouche vocalist Melanie Thornton in the crash of Crossair Flight 3597, while Debby St. Maarten survived with serious injuries along with eight other people.

Country:  Germany

Genre:  Eurodance

Languages:  English, Spanish

33. Juliana de Aquino Artist

Died in the early hours of June 1, 2009 when Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean at 02:14 UTC, killing all 228 passengers and crew.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  Soundtrack, MPB

Languages:  Portuguese, English

Popular songs:  If You CouldOuteiroPra Voltar

34. Jenni Rivera Artist

Rivera died in an air accident in the early hours of December 9, 2012, when the Learjet 25 she was travelling in with six other passengers crashed near Monterrey, Mexico.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Latino

Language:  Spanish

Gabriela Maumus, the bassist of the band, had been on board of Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf.
On 24 March 2015, the aircraft, an Airbus A320-211, crashed 100 km (62 mi; 54 nmi) north-west of Nice in the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members were killed.
The crash was deliberately caused by the co-pilot, who had previously been treated for suicidal tendencies and declared "unfit to work" by his doctor. He kept this information from his employer and instead reported for duty. Shortly after reaching cruise altitude and while the captain was out of the cockpit, he locked the cockpit door and initiated a controlled descent that continued until the aircraft impacted a mountainside.

Country:  Argentina

Language:  French

Popular song:  Le dernier jour

36. Johnny Sea Artist

He died May 14, 2016, when his single-engine cropdusting plane clipped a cell telephone tower wire and crashed near West, Texas. He was 75.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Country music

Language:  English

Popular song:  Day for Decision

37. Bob Bissonnette Artist

On 4 September 2016, Bissonnette died in a helicopter accident in the Flatlands, near Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada. The crash also resulted in the death of the pilot, another passenger survived with injuries.

Country:  Canada

Language:  French

38. Junaid Jamshed Artist

Junaid Jamshed and his second wife died on 7 December 2016 when PIA Flight 661 crashed near Havelian, Khyber Paktunkhwa, killing all on board. The flight was en route to Islamabad from Chitral. He was in Chitral for a Tablighi Jamaat mission and was returning to Islamabad.

Country:  Pakistan

Languages:  Urdu, Hindi, English

39. Red Army Choir Artist

On 25 December 2016, its artistic director, Valery Khalilov, and 63 other members of the Ensemble were killed in the Russian Defence Ministry aircraft crash of a 1983 Tupolev Tu-154 into the Black Sea just after takeoff from the southern resort city of Sochi, Russia. The Red Army Choir singers and dancers were en route to Syria to entertain Russian troops there for Orthodox Christmas celebrations.

40. Montgomery Gentry Artist

On September 8, 2017, Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, where the duo was scheduled to perform that evening. The helicopter pilot died at the scene and Gentry died as he was being rushed to the hospital.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Country music

Language:  English

41. Gabriel Diniz Artist

On 27 May 2019, Diniz died in a plane crash after a concert in Sergipe in Estância, Brazil on his way to surprise his girlfriend for her birthday party. The aircraft was a Piper PA-28 Cherokee manufactured in 1974 registered PT-KLO.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  Latino, Sertanejo

Language:  Portuguese

42. Kobe Bryant Artist

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, around 30 miles (48 kilometres) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, while en route from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport. Nine people were on board, including retired professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, baseball coach John Altobelli, five other passengers, and the pilot. Everyone on board was killed on impact.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Hip-Hop/Rap

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Dear BasketballK.O.B.E.

43. Sasa Klaas Artist

She died on 5 March 2021 around 7pm at age 27 in a R44 helicopter crash in Xumabee Game Ranch (near Sojwe, Botswana).

Country:  Botswana

Genre:  Hip-Hop/Rap

Language:  English

Popular song:  Mma Mongwato

44. Metalium Artist

Founding bassist Lars "Ratz" Ranzenberger was also an aerial pilot who had his own ultralight "trike" airplane. On April 18, 2021, he died when he accidentally crashed his plane in Mallorca, Spain. He was 53.

Country:  Germany

Genre:  Metal

Language:  English

45. Marília Mendonça Artist

On 5 November 2021, Mendonça embarked on an air taxi with 5 people on board towards Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she was expected to perform in a local concert. The plane crashed, killing Mendonça, her uncle (who was also her manager), her producer and two crew members.

Country:  Brazil

Genre:  Sertanejo

Language:  Portuguese

Popular songs:  Bebi LigueiDe Quem É A CulpaInfiel

Comments
malucamaluca    Thu, 17/01/2019 - 13:42

Well, no mention of him singing to be found...

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Fri, 18/01/2019 - 02:54

Or if he WAS a singer, any proof could be considered lost media.

malucamaluca    Thu, 17/01/2019 - 13:38

Lynyrd Skynyrd is already on the list, that's the plane crash where Cassie Gaines died. She was a background singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 17/01/2019 - 04:48

On March 16, 1991a plan crash killed Reba McEntire’s band. Thankfully, Reba wasn't involved in the crash but many sources claim that she was killed in the crash too (that is not true because she is alive and well)

malucamaluca    Thu, 17/01/2019 - 13:45

Yes I read about it and decided not to include it to the list as Reba survived. I might update the list in the future, sort it by date and give more information about the plane crashes...

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Fri, 18/01/2019 - 02:55

Reba may have survived it but if I remember correctly, she was DEEPLY affected by the events for quite awhile.