Sports teams involved in fatal plane crashes

On September 7,  2011, members of the professional Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were killed in a plane crash near Yaroslavl.  The following is a list of other fatal aircraft accident involving sports teams, compiled from the Aviation Safety Network files. Individual sportsmen and -women involved in accidents are not included.

4 May 1949
An ALI Fiat G.212 crashed into Superga Hill near Turin, Italy, killing all 31 on board. The plane was taking home the Torino FC football team after a match in Lisbon against Benfica. (ASN Accident Description)

6 February 1958
A British European Airways Airspeed Ambassador plane crashed on takeoff from München-Riem Airport, Germany, killing 23 of the 44 occupants. The aircraft was being used to fly the Manchester United football team to Belgrade. (ASN Accident Description)

3 April 1961
A LAN Chile DC-3 plane crashed between Temuco and Santiago, killing all 24 on board. The airplane carried the Green Cross football team. (ASN Accident Description)

29 October 1960
A chartered Curtiss C-46 plane crashed immediately after takeoff from Toledo-Express Airport, OH, killing 22 of the 48 occupants. The airplane carried the California State Polytechnic College football team. (ASN Accident Description)

26 September 1969
A Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano Douglas DC-6 passenger plane crashed during a domestic flight from Santa Cruz to La Paz, Bolivia. The airplane carried 16 members of Club The Strongest, from Laz Paz, a football team from Bolivia’s top division. (ASN Accident Description)

2 October 1970
A chartered Martin 4-0-4 passenger plane crashed near Silver Plume, CO, killing members of the Wichita State University football team. (ASN Accident Description)

14 November 1970
A Southern Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 passenger jet crashed near Huntington, WV, killing members of the Marshall University football team and coaching staff. (ASN Accident Description)

31 December 1970
A Rousseau Aviation Nord 262 passenger plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, killing members of the Algerian Air Liquide football team. (ASN Accident Description)

13 October 1972
A Uruguayan Air Force Fairchild FH-227 was carrying the Old Christians Club rugby union team from Montevideo, Uruguay, to play a match in Santiago, Chile when it crashed in the Andes Mountains. Survivors were found and rescued after two months. (ASN Accident Description)

13 December 1977
A chartered DC-3 plane crashed at Evansville-Dress Regional Airport, IN, killing the University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball team. (ASN Accident Description)

11 August 1979
Two Aeroflot Tupolev 134 passenger jets collided in midair near Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine. Among the casualties was the Soviet (now Uzbek) football team FC Pakhtakor Tashkent. (ASN Accident Description)

8 December 1987
A Fokker F-27 Friendship of the Peruvian Navy crashed into the sea off Lima, Peru. The military transport plane carried the Alianza Lima football team. (ASN Accident Description)

7 June 1989
A DC-8 passenger plane, operated by Surinam Airways, crashed while on approach to Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport, Suriname. Several members of the Kleurrijk Elftal (Dutch professional football players of Suriname descent) were killed. (ASN Accident Description)

27 April 1993
A Zambia Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, off Gabon, killing all 30 on board. The military transport plane carried the Zambian national football team for a World Cup qualification match against Senegal. (ASN Accident Description)

18 September 1994
An Oriental Airlines BAC One-Eleven crashed near Tamanrasset, Algeria, killing 34. The jet had been chartered to fly Nigerian football team Iwuanwanyu from Tunis back to Lagos after a match for the Africa Cup. (ASN Accident Description)

17 June 1995
An Angolan Air Force CASA C-212 Aviocar crashed near Catumbela, killing members of a local football club. (ASN Accident Description)


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