In 1918, John P. Mitchell, Mayor of New York City, fell 500 feet to his death from an airplane. At the time, it was assumed that he had forgotten to fasten his seat belt. Mitchell thus became the first political leader to die during an airflight. To date, 230 famous persons have died in airplane accidents, including 24 heads of state (listed below). In fact, air travel has been listed as the cause of death for only 2.38% of world rulers, as compared to 2.24% of famous persons in other fields.
World Leaders Who Have Died in Airplane Accidents
|1997||Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai||Afghanisan|
|1988||Muhammad Zia Ul-Haq||Pakistan|
|1981||Jaime Roldos Aguilera||Ecuador|
|1979||Ahmed Ould Bouceif||Mauritania|
|1967||Humberto Castelo Branco||Brazil|
|1966||Abdul Salam Arif||Iraq|
|1961||Dag Hammarskjold||United Nations|
|1959||Barthelemy Boganda||Central African Republic|
|1945||Subhas Chandra Bose||India|
|1940||Jose Felix Estigarribia||Paraguay|
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