Olympians Who Died in Aviation Crashes (127)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
Youssef Abbas EGY BAS 1948—1952
Osman Abdel Hafeez EGY FEN 1948—1952 A Lockheed Super Constellation of KLM (Flight 607-E), crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, Ireland, killing all 99.
George Ahlgren USA ROW 1948 Died in a plane crash.
Émile Albrecht SUI ROW 1924 Died in a plane crash.
Joe Angyal USA ROW 1948 Killed when his F9F7 Cougar jet plummeted to Point Lookout sandbar in Long Island, New York.
Rômulo Arantes BRA SWI 1972—1980 Died in a plane crash.
Luis Arias ESP ASK 1952—1960 Died in a helicopter crash.
Luigi Barbesino ITA FTB 1912 Died in April of 1941 in the Sicily channel (probably near the city of Sciacca) when he and other five soldiers disappeared while aboard a reconnaissance aircraft – their bodies were never found.
Ray Barkway GBR ATH 1948 Died when the plane he was piloting crashed.
José Barrientos CUB ATH 1928 Died in an aviation accident.
Bruno Bianchi ITA SWI 1960—1964 A Convair CV 440 Metropolitan of the Lufthansa (Flight 005) crashed when go-around shortly after the runway of the Bremen Airport killing all 46 including seven Italian swimmers and their coach.
Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Sr. SWE EDR 1912 Killed during a test flight of the Södertelge Werkstäder 16, which caught on fire, killing both von Blixen-Finecke and the pilot.
Joaquín Blume ESP GYM 1952 A Douglas DC-3 of Iberia Airlines crashed due to bad weather at the Valdemeca mountains on the way from Barcelona to Madrid, killing all 28 also including his wife.
Sten-Olof Bolldén SWE SWI 1936 Killed during a military exercise, when his plane crashed into power lines and he was thrown out of the passenger seat and killed.
Hanns Braun GER ATH 1908—1912 Died when his plane crashed with another from his own fighter squadron in the air.
Väinö Bremer FIN MOP/MSP 1924 Died when his plane crashed in Kerava while he was approaching Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Roberta Brown USA ATH 1972 Commercial pilot who died in a crash on one of her flights. Her body was discovered that night.
Skippy Browning USA DIV 1952 Died when his Navy jet crashed.
Jörg Bruder BRA SAI 1964—1972 A Boeing 707 of Varig crashed after an emergency landing due to smoke in the cabin near Orly (FRA), killing 123 (11 survivors).
Kobe Bryant USA BAS 2008—2012 Died in helicopter crash and fire, along with his daughter, Giana, and 7 other people.
Dick Buek USA ASK 1952 Died in an airplane crash over Donner Lake (USA), when he was towing water skiers over the lake.
George Calnan USA FEN 1920—1932 Died in crash of USS Akron off the coast of New Jersey, the deadliest airship accident in history.
Efford Chabala ZAM FTB 1988 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Wisdom Chansa ZAM FTB 1988 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Chen Zhenhe CHN FTB 1936 Member of the Chinese Air Force; died when his plane crashed during World War II.
Godfrey Chitalu ZAM FTB 1980 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Alex Chola ZAM FTB 1980 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Samuel Chomba ZAM FTB 1988 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Don Collinge CAN FEN 1936
John Cooper GBR ATH 1964—1968 A McDonnell Douglas DC-10 of Turkish Airlines (Flight 981) crashed after uncontrolled decompression, killing all 346.
Paolo Costoli ITA SWI 1928—1932 A Convair CV 440 Metropolitan of the Lufthansa (Flight 005) crashed when go-around shortly after the runway of the Bremen Airport killing all 46 including seven Italian swimmers and their coach.
Frank Cuhel USA ATH 1928 Died in a flying boat crash (Yankee Clipper) in Portugal.
David Cummings CAN WRE 1976 Died in ultra-light aircraft accident.
Cliff Cushman USA ATH 1960 Killed in action when his plane was shot down in Vietnam.
Lauro De Bosis ITA ART 1928
Alberto Della Beffa ITA BOB 1952 Died in a Cessna 150 flight from Zurich/Kloten to Agno in the Ticino Canton, that crashed in the Uri Canton. The only two passengers on board were the pilot and Della Beffa, and they both died.
Pavol Demitra SVK ICH 2002—2010 Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Carlos Enrique Díaz Sáenz Valiente ARG SHO 1948—1952 Died when the plane he piloted himself crashed.
Peter Dix IRL SAI 1976 A Boeing 747–121 of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am Flight 103) exploded over Scotland after a bomb was smuggled on board by Libyan agents (Lockerbie bombing) killing all 259 and 11 people on the ground.
Foy Draper USA ATH 1936 He was reported missing in action while flying over Tunisia in the Battle of Kassarine Pass on 4 Jan 1943.
Andrew Drew USA TEN 1904 Died when trying out a new biplane, when it went out of control.
Sven Erbs SWE BOB 1956 Died from injuries caused by a crash with his private aircraft.
Billy Fiske USA BOB 1928—1932 First American fighter pilot to be killed in World War II, fighting for Britain, in a crash landing.
Walter Flinsch GER ROW 1928—1932 Died during a test flight with a Heinkel He 177.
Wilson de Freitas BRA ROW 1936 Died when the plane he was piloting crashed.
Vladimir Fyodorov URS FTB 1976 Two Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134s collided over Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine, killing 178 including the complete football team of Pakhtakor Toshkent.
Francisco Gonzales PHI SAI 1960 A Fairchild F-27A crashed near San Ramon (USA) killing all 44. Gonzales shot both the pilot and co-pilot causing the crash.
Sergio De Gregorio ITA SWI 1964 A Convair CV 440 Metropolitan of the Lufthansa (Flight 005) crashed when go-around shortly after the runway of the Bremen Airport killing all 46 including seven Italian swimmers and their coach.
David Griffin CAN ATH 1928 Died in flying accident. Passenger on ferry plane from Iceland to New Foundland.
Isaac Grünewald SWE ART 1932 Died in a plane crash.
Sadi Gülçelik TUR BAS 1952 A Lockheed L-1011-200 TriStar of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Flight 163) burned and returned to Ar-Riyadh shortly after the start, the smoke on board killed all 301.
Prince Gustaf Adolf SWE EQU/SOK 1933—1947 Died in an aircrash at København Airport.
Ila Ray Hadley USA FSK 1960 A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Ray Hadley, Jr. USA FSK 1960 A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
William Harding USA SHO 1932 Killed in a plane crash during war games.
Gösta Horn SWE DIV 1928 Died in the crash of a military plane off the northern tip of Öland.
Dumitru Hubert ROU BOB 1932 Died piloting an airplane in an airshow in Braşov.
Zdeněk Jarkovský TCH ICH 1948 A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Akilles Järvinen FIN ATH 1928—1936 Killed in action during a test flight.
Richard Jeffery GBR BOB 1948 Died when his 2-seater de Havilland Mosquito crashed onto Brawdy Aerodrome, St. David's, Pembrokeshire.
Jaroslav Jiřík TCH ICH 1960—1968 Died in a plane crash in Brno - Medlánky.
Wolfgang Junginger FRG ASK 1976 Died when the plane he piloted himself crashed.
Karl Kaschka AUT FEN 1936 Killed in action when his aircraft was shot down.
Octave Lapize FRA CTR 1908 Killed in action, when his plane was shot down near Verdun.
Al Lindley USA ROW 1924 He died in an airplane crash in 1951.
Stefan Liv SWE ICH 2006—2010 Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Leon Lumsdaine GBR MOP 1952 Died in a plane crash.
Derby Makinka ZAM FTB 1988 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Frank McKinney USA SWI 1956—1960 Died in a plane crash.
Gordon Morrison CAN ASK 1952 Died 8 July 1972 in a plane crash near Chetwynd, British Columbia
Victor Mucha AUS WRE 1956 Died in a plane crash near Albury, New South Wales
Camille Muffat FRA SWI 2008—2012 Two Eurocopter AS350 helicopters collided near Villa Castelli, Argentina, killing all 10.
Eston Mulenga ZAM FTB 1988 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Günther Mund CHI DIV 1948—1956 Died when his light plane crashed.
Richard Mwanza ZAM FTB 1988 A Buffalo DHC-5D of Zambian Air Force crashed off the coast of Gabon about 500 metres of from near Libreville, when the left engine burned, killing all 30 including 18 Zambian footballers and their coaches.
Ahmed Fouad Nessim EGY SWI/WAP 1948—1952
Felipe Nunag PHI BOX 1936 A Douglas C-47 of Philippine Air Force crashed into Mount Manunggal killing all 25 including Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines.
Rafael Osuna MEX TEN 1968 A Boeing 727 of Mexicana (Flight 704) crashed after a pilot error on approach near Del Norte International Airport near Monterrey killing all 79.
Gerry Ouellette CAN SHO 1956—1968 Died in a plane crash.
Laurie Owen USA FSK 1960 A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Maribel Owen USA FSK 1960 A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Charley Paddock USA ATH 1920—1928 Died in an air crash over Alaska while serving as a captain in the Marines.
Albertus Perk NED FEN 1912 Died when his Rumpler C.VIII military plane crashed en route from Den Haag (NED) to København (DEN)
Mark Perrow RSA CAN 1992 Died when the light aircraft he was flying crashed.
Miloslav Pokorný TCH ICH 1948 A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Pat Porter USA ATH 1984—1988 Died when the Beech B-60 he was piloting crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off.
Maurice Powers CAN ICH 1932 Died in a plane crash.
Alick Rennie RSA CSL 1992 Died when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed.
Amedee Reyburn USA SWI/WAP 1904 Died in an aviation accident.
Mohamed Riad EGY FEN 1952 A Lockheed Super Constellation of KLM (Flight 607-E), crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, Ireland, killing all 99.
Dud Richards USA FSK 1960 A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Guy Richardson GBR ROW 1948 Killed when BEA Vanguard from Edinburgh crashed onto the runway at Heathrow Airport.
Frederick Riley GBR FTB 1936 Killed in action when his plane was shot down over France.
Thaddäus Robl GER CTR 1900 Died when he was riding in a biplane that crashed near Szczecin, Poland.
Dino Rora ITA SWI 1964 A Convair CV 440 Metropolitan of the Lufthansa (Flight 005) crashed when go-around shortly after the runway of the Bremen Airport killing all 46 including seven Italian swimmers and their coach.
Clarence von Rosen, Jr. SWE EQU/EVE 1932 Killed in an air crash as a passenger during an air show.
Gösta Runö SWE MOP 1920 Killed when crashing his Phönix D.III biplane fighter.
Ruslan Salei BLR ICH 1998—2010 Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Heini Scheller SUI ROW 1952 Died in a crash with a private aircraft.
Hermann Schridde GER
FRG
EQU 1964—1968 Died when his sport plane crashed.
Ralph Schwarz NED ROW 1988 Died in a plane crash.
Franz Seidl AUT CTR 1900 In 1913 he crashed when approaching the airfield, because he evidently flew a curve too tight, and suffered multiple serious injuries. He died on the transport to a hospital.
Harry Simmons GBR ATH 1928 Career Air Force officer, he was killed in a flying accident in World War II.
Harbail Singh IND Coach/HOK/Referee 1952—1960 Killed in an airplane crash on his return from refereeing at the 1960 Rome Games
Kārlis Skrastiņš LAT ICH 2002—2010 Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Geoff Smale NZL SAI 1968 Died when his microlight plane crashed.
Sonny Spencer GBR ATH 1924 Died as a RAF aircrew sergeant when a Short Sunderland 3 crashed on a night training flight in the Scottish highlands during World War II.
Karel Stibor TCH ICH 1948 A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Ignaz Stiefsohn AUT GLD 1936 Died when preparing for the Gliding demonstration event.
Vilibald Šťovík TCH ICH 1948 A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Arthur Sweeney GBR ATH 1936
Aldo Tait ITA GLD 1936 Died when the Twin Otter he was aboard crashed while flying in dense fog.
Jack Taylor USA SWI 1952 Died practising aircraft carrier landings near Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Reg Thomas GBR ATH 1928—1932 Died in a peacetime flight when the plane he was flying crashed into a nursing home.
Endre Tilli HUN FEN 1952—1956 A Lockheed Super Constellation of KLM (Flight 607-E), crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, Ireland, killing all 99.
Chris Timms NZL SAI 1984—1988 Died when he was flying in a two-seater plane that crashed in the Firth of Thames (NZL).
Freddie Tomlins GBR FSK 1936 Died as a RAF crew-member in fight against a German submarine in/over the British Channel.
Ladislav Troják TCH ICH 1936—1948 A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Jack Turnbull USA HOK/LAX 1932—1936 His bomber was shot down over Belgium.
Nancy Uranga CUB FEN 1976 A Douglas DC-8 of Cubana crashed after terrorist bombing near Brigdetown (BAR), killing all 73.
Josef Vašíček CZE ICH 2010 Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Alexis Vastine FRA BOX 2008—2012 Two Eurocopter AS350 helicopters collided near Villa Castelli, Argentina, killing all 10.
Maribel Vinson USA FSK 1928—1936 A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Magnus Wegelius FIN GYM/SHO 1908—1924 Died in crash of KLM airliner at Croydon Airport in South London, England.
James Welsh USA ROW 1952 Died from injuries sustained in the crash of a U-6A Beaver.
Emelyn Whiton USA SAI 1952 A Boeing 707 of American Airlines (Flight 1) crashed shortly after the start from New York International (Idlewild) Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) after a short circuit, killing all 95.
Wu Chuanyu CHN SWI 1948—1952 Died in a plane crash.