What the heck, it’s been a kinda slow week in the forum. Why not throw this one out. I saw where some teen actor was killed in Mexico the other day in a plane crash. This, along with all the NASCAR talk, got me thinking about comprising a list of all the celebs that I (or you) could think of that have died tragically (or been involved) in aircraft disasters. Here’s a few off the top of my head:
First of all, NASCAR could have its own list all by itself. There was Davey Allison, whose helicopter crashed in the infield of Talladega Superspeedway.
There was the tragic loss of 10 members of Rick Hendrick’s crew and family 2 years ago in Martinsville, VA just before the start of a race in which two of Hendrick’s cars (Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon) finished 1st and 2nd, then were told of the accident. I think that was an Embraer Brasilia.
I mentioned in another discussion that Jack Rousch narrowly escaped death when his Cessna crashed into a pond, only to be pulled out of the submerged a/c by the owner of said pond.
I think everyone here remebers the JFK Jr. crash (spatial disorientation while flying VFR in IFR conditions).
Anyone remember Thurman Munson, the outstanding player for the Yankees in the late '70s? He crashed while practicing approaches to KCAK (His hometown was Canton, OH).
Richie Valens and Buddy Holly (same crash).
I know there’s more, but I’m starting to draw blanks. One I can think of (but I can’t recall the guy’s name) was the former Heisman trophy candidate from Nebraska (QB). I want to say that his name started with a “B,” but I’ll have to search for the info on that one. Pika probably knows, since he’s in Big 12 Country. Feel free to add any that you can think of if you want. Or don’t; it’s a free country, and I was bored.