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Olympians Who Died in Plane Crashes

Athlete Gender Country Sport Notes
Youssef Abbas Male EGY BAS
Osman Abdel Hafeez Male EGY FEN A Lockheed Super Constellation of KLM (Flight 607-E), crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, Ireland, killing all 99.
George Ahlgren Male USA ROW Died in a plane crash.
Émile Albrecht Male SUI ROW Died in a plane crash.
Joseph Angyal Male USA ROW Killed when his F9F7 Cougar jet plummeted to Point Lookout sandbar in Long Island, New York.
Rômulo Arantes Filho Male BRA SWI Died in a plane crash.
Luis Arias Male ESP ASK Died in a helicopter crash.
Ray Barkway Male GBR ATH Died when the plane he was piloting crashed.
José Barrientos Male CUB ATH Died in an aviation accident.
Bruno Bianchi Male ITA SWI 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.
Joaquín Blume Male ESP GYM 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 Male SWE SWI 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 Male GER ATH Died when his plane crashed with another from his own fighter squadron in the air.
Väinö Bremer Male FIN MSP, MOP Died when his plane crashed in Kerava while he was approaching Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Skippy Browning Male USA DIV Died when his Navy jet crashed.
Jörg Bruder Male BRA SAI A Boeing 707 of Varig crashed after an emergency landing due to smoke in the cabin near Orly (FRA), killing 123 (11 survivors).
Dick Buek Male USA ASK Died in an airplane crash over Donner Lake (USA), when he was towing water skiers over the lake.
Efford Chabala Male ZAM FTB 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 Male ZAM FTB 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 Male CHN FTB Member of the Chinese Air Force; died when his plane crashed during World War II.
Godfrey Chitalu Male ZAM FTB 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 Male ZAM FTB 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 Male ZAM FTB 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 Male CAN FEN
John Cooper Male GBR ATH A McDonnell Douglas DC-10 of Turkish Airlines (Flight 981) crashed after uncontrolled decompression, killing all 346.
Paolo Costoli Male ITA SWI 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 Male USA ATH Died in a flying boat crash (Yankee Clipper) in Portugal.
David Cummings Male CAN WRE Died in ultra-light aircraft accident.
Cliff Cushman Male USA ATH Killed in action when his plane was shot down in Vietnam.
Lauro De Bosis Male ITA ART
Wilson de Freitas Male BRA ROW Died when the plane he was piloting crashed.
Sergio De Gregorio Male ITA SWI 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.
Alberto Della Beffa Male ITA BOB Details not available
Pavol Demitra Male SVK ICH 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 Male ARG SHO Died when the plane he piloted himself crashed.
Peter Dix Male IRL SAI 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 Male USA ATH He was reported missing in action while flying over Tunisia in the Battle of Kassarine Pass on 4 Jan 1943.
Sven Erbs Male SWE BOB Died from injuries caused by a crash with his private aircraft.
Billy Fiske Male USA BOB First American fighter pilot to be killed in World War II, fighting for Britain, in a crash landing.
Vladimir Fyodorov Male URS FTB Two Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134s collide over Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine, killing 178 including the complete football team of Pakhtakor Toshkent.
Francisco Gonzales Male PHI SAI A Fairchild F-27A crashed near San Ramon (USA) killing all 44. Gonzales shot both the pilot and co-pilot causing the crash.
David Griffin Male CAN ATH Died in flying accident. Passenger on ferry plane from Iceland to New Foundland.
Isaac Grünewald Male SWE ART Died in a plane crash.
Sadi Gülçelik Male TUR BAS 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 Male SWE EQU Died in an aircrash at København Airport.
Ray Hadley, Jr. Male USA FSK A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Ila Ray Hadley Female USA FSK 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 Male USA SHO Killed in a plane crash during war games.
Gösta Horn Male SWE DIV Died in the crash of a military plane off the northern tip of Öland.
Dumitru Hubert Male ROU BOB Died piloting an airplane in an airshow in Braşov.
Zdeněk Jarkovský Male TCH ICH A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Akilles Järvinen Male FIN ATH Killed in action during a test flight.
Jaroslav Jiřík Male TCH ICH Died in a plane crash in Brno - Medlánky.
Wolfgang Junginger Male FRG ASK Died when the plane he piloted himself crashed.
Karl Kaschka Male AUT FEN Killed in action when his aircraft was shot down.
Octave Lapize Male FRA CYC Killed in action, when his plane was shot down near Verdun.
Stefan Liv Male SWE ICH Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Leon Lumsdaine Male GBR MOP Died in a plane crash.
Derby Makinka Male ZAM FTB 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 Male USA SWI Died in a plane crash.
Eston Mulenga Male ZAM FTB 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 Male CHI DIV Died when his light plane crashed.
Richard Mwanza Male ZAM FTB 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 Male EGY WAP
Felipe Nunag Male PHI BOX A Douglas C-47 of Philippine Air Force crashed into Mount Manunggal killing all 25 including Ramon Magsaysay, President of the Philippines.
Gerry Ouellette Male CAN SHO Died in a plane crash.
Laurie Owen Female USA FSK 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 Female USA FSK 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 Male USA ATH Died in an air crash over Alaska while serving as a captain in the Marines.
Miloslav Pokorný Male TCH ICH A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Pat Porter Male USA ATH Died when the Beech B-60 he was piloting crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off.
Alick Rennie Male RSA CAN Died when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed.
Amedee Reyburn Male USA SWI, WAP Died in an aviation accident.
Mohamed Ali Riad Male EGY FEN A Lockheed Super Constellation of KLM (Flight 607-E), crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, Ireland, killing all 99.
Dud Richards Male USA FSK A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Dino Rora Male ITA SWI 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.
Gösta Runö Male SWE MOP Killed when crashing his Phönix D.III biplane fighter.
Ruslan Saley Male BLR ICH Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Heini Scheller Male SUI ROW Died in a crash with a private aircraft.
Hermann Schridde Male GER, FRG EQU Died when his sport plane crashed.
Kārlis Skrastiņš Male LAT ICH Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Geoff Smale Male NZL SAI Died when his microlight plane crashed.
Sonny Spencer Male GBR ATH 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 Male TCH ICH A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Vilibald Šťovík Male TCH ICH A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Arthur Sweeney Male GBR ATH
Jack Taylor Male USA SWI Died practising aircraft carrier landings near Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Reg Thomas Male GBR ATH Died in a peacetime flight when the plane he was flying crashed into a nursing home.
Endre Tilli Male HUN FEN A Lockheed Super Constellation of KLM (Flight 607-E), crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, Ireland, killing all 99.
Chris Timms Male NZL SAI Died when he was flying in a two-seater plane that crashed in the Firth of Thames (NZL).
Freddie Tomlins Male GBR FSK Died as a RAF crew-member in fight against a German submarine in/over the British Channel.
Ladislav Troják Male TCH ICH A Beechcraft Model 18 disappeared over the English Channel, all eight died including six Czechoslovak ice hockey players.
Jack Turnbull Male USA HOK His bomber was shot down over Belgium.
Nancy Uranga Female CUB FEN A Douglas DC-8 of Cubana crashed after terrorist bombing near Brigdetown (BAR), killing all 73.
Josef Vašíček Male CZE ICH Died when a Yakovlev Yak-42D carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on take-off from Tunoshna Airport.
Maribel Vinson Female USA FSK A Boeing 707 of Sabena (Flight 548), crashes on approach in Brussels, Belgium, killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team.
Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Sr. Male SWE EQU Killed during a test flight of the Södertelge Werkstäder 16, which caught on fire, killing both von Blixen-Finecke and the pilot.
Clarence von Rosen, Jr. Male SWE EQU Killed in an air crash as a passenger during an air show.
Emelyn Whiton Female USA SAI 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 Male CHN SWI Died in a plane crash.