Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13- year-old daughter, Gianna, were among the nine individuals killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Here is a list of some other notable people who have died in helicopter mishaps.
Aug. 1, 1977– Francis Gary Powers, a pilot whose U-2 spy aircraft was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, was killed when the KNBC-TV news helicopter he was piloting lacked fuel and crashed near Encino, California.
July 23, 1982– Actor Vic Morrow, star of the ABC series “Fight!,” and kid stars Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen were killed on the ground when a helicopter crashed into them on the set of “Golden Zone: The Motion Picture” in Indian Dunes, California.
Aug. 27, 1990– A helicopter bring guitarist, singer and songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan slammed into a hillside in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, after an outdoor performance, eliminating Vaughan and all 4 others onboard.
Oct. 25, 1991– Rock show promoter Expense Graham and 2 other individuals were killed when their helicopter hit an energy tower and crashed near Vallejo, California.
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July 13, 1993– NASCAR chauffeur Davey Allison, the 1992 Daytona 500 winner, passed away after a helicopter he was piloting crashed at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
Sept. 17, 2017– Troy Gentry, who belonged to the c and w duo Montgomery Gentry, was eliminated in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey.
Oct. 27, 2018– Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai business owner and the owner of the Leicester City soccer club in the Premier League, passed away together with four other people when their helicopter crashed shortly after launch from the team’s King Power Arena in Leicester, England.
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