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  • 5minutes

    I would add Keith Green (popular Christian musician whose hymns are still popular 30 years after his death). I’d also add Stevie Ray Vaughan, but he died in a helicopter crash, not a plane crash.

  • Anon

    I’d add Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve and Cassie Gaines to this list.

    Creators of songs such as Free Bird, Sweet Home Alabama, Simple Man and Tuesday’s Gone.

    • Larry Bud Melman

      Absolutely, I honestly thought they would be #1 (?WTF?)

  • Alex

    Can’t believe Roberto Clemente is left off this list.

    • He would probably be the biggest sports star on this list.

      • Alex

        Or maybe the entire Marshall college football team may have been a good choice as well.

  • becca

    I think Buddy Holly should be higher up.
    Also Jennings wasn’t haunted because he gave up his seat; he was haunted because he had told Buddy Holly “I hope your plane crashes” right before the flight.

  • Lionel

    I remember Jim Croce as well

    • Carduchie

      Ricky Nelson. Also, since it was “the day the music died” Buddy Holly ought to be #1

      • Seems like we could just have a Top 10 Musicians Who Died in an Airplane Crash.

  • David Verney

    What about Sir Matt Busby and the Busby Babes (AKA The Manchester United side that won everything and were then killed in a plane crash on the way back from Germany).

    • James

      Sir Matt didn’t die but I agree, the Busby Babes should be on the list.

  • Lane Pippin

    That’s not a picture of Glen Miller. That’s Jimmy Stewart from the movie “The Glen Miller Story”.

    • Egads! You are right and we misspelled his name. It should be Glenn. Thanks for the catch.

  • rudy.elgato

    Payne Stewart… Though, from the sound of things, he and the others onboard that Learjet had likely been killed some four hours before their jet actually crashed…

  • ParusMajor

    Stevie Ray Vaughan. Oh, wait, that was a helicopter crash. Does it still count?

    • HBG

      There was also lead singer of an Australian band (called Skyhooks) who died in a helicopter crash. ‘Shirley’ Strachan. They had a number of hits in Australia, including ‘Women in Uniform’ which was covered by Iron Maiden.

  • Ronnie

    It’s interesting that all of these people were killed in small planes flying in bad weather and/or whose pilot was ill-equipped to be flying in such bad weather.

  • Romie

    In more modern times Aaliyah “25 million sold worlwide” . She was an individual that changed the face of Urban R&B, perished in a twin engine Cessna 402c, due to egregious pilot error end incompetence.

    • Lee Standberry

      thank you because I was going to mention her as well if you hadn’t

  • brian

    Flying is not the safest mode of transport. That’s an old myth.

  • Jeff

    First off Buddy Holly’s group was leaving Clear Lake, Iowa not Clearwater, second off Waylin Jennings gave up his seat to Ritchie Valens after losing a coin toss not JP Richards, at least according to popular legend. And last thing, while I didn’t know the man I have always looked up to Audie Murphy and have read a lot about him and this is the very first time I’ve ever heard that he had drug problems and I don’t think that is accurate.

  • Hellion

    How about including the great Randy Rhoades on this list.

  • MochaSpock

    Weird Al yankovich should not have been included and he wasn’t. So that’s good.

  • Stuart

    No mention of Otis Redding? Sad.

  • Brandon

    Yuri Gagarin!

  • Juan

    What about Pedro Infante, the mexican idol??

  • Sharuf butt

    What about general zia ul haq