Jim Adler | The Tough, Smart Lawyer
By Jim Adler March 30, 2016

The life of a celebrity often requires travel by air, and that can sometimes lead to disaster. While the likelihood of being in an aviation accident is relatively low, celebrities often find themselves in situations where not all of the normal safety precautions are being followed and something horrible goes wrong. Some celebrity aviation accidents have altered the course of history, and many are sad stories about the tragic loss of human life. Sometimes, looking back on celebrity aviation accidents can help us to appreciate our own good fortune and understand how devastating these types of events can be.


Aaliyah was just starting to establish herself in the R&B music world as one of its dominant figures when she died in a plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001. The 22-year-old singer had just finished shooting a music video and was headed home when her private plane crashed, killing everyone on board.

John Denver

John Denver had gained fame as an adult contemporary singer and the writer of several popular country songs as well. The public did not know that Denver was also an amateur pilot, but they found out on Oct. 12, 1997, when Denver died when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into the ocean.

Buddy Holly/The Big Bopper/Ritchie Valens

Feb. 3, 1959, is called “the day the music died” because it is the day when performers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash just outside of Clear Lake, Iowa. The performers were determined to fly to the next city to avoid another night on their cold tour bus, and their plane wound up crashing due to bad weather almost immediately after takeoff.

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Stevie Ray Vaughn was already one of the most popular blues guitarists in the world when his helicopter crashed on Aug. 29, 1990. But when the performer died at the age of 35, it cemented his legacy as an icon of the music business.

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline was a country singer who had been the mentor to such rising stars as Loretta Lynn. On March 5, 1963, Cline’s plane got caught in bad weather and crashed into the mountains that surrounded Camden, Tennessee, killing everyone on board.

John F. Kennedy Jr.

The son of former President John F. Kennedy was an intelligent man who was liked by many people. He died on July 16, 1999, when he tried to pilot his small plane at night and wound up crashing into the ocean. Kennedy’s wife, Caroline Bessette-Kennedy, died in the crash as well.

Sen. Paul Wellstone

Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone was a popular and successful politician who was making waves on the national political scene. But his career and life were cut short in 2002 when he died in a plane crash while seeking re-election to his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Harrison Ford

The world was excited when it was announced that Harrison Ford would reprise his iconic movie role as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode VII, but then the world held its breath when Ford was involved in a plane crash. In March 2015, Ford was forced to crash-land his plane near a neighborhood in Santa Monica, California. Thankfully, the actor survived, and the crash was attributed to a loose engine part.

Travis Barker

Travis Barker had a successful career as a drummer for the band Blink-182 and was a reality television star. But his life changed completely in September 2008, when he survived a plane crash that killed four people and eventually led to the suicide of a fifth. Barker has been struggling with suicidal thoughts ever since the incident, but he has been trying to get his career and life back on track in recent years.

When tragedy strikes your family in the form of an aviation accident, do not wait to secure experienced legal help. If a family member has been lost due to the negligence of an airline, then contact Jim Adler & Associates to make sure that your family’s story is heard and the legacy of your loved one is properly preserved.

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