Iran President passes away: 5 times world leaders died in plane, helicopter crashes

Since 1936, 27 heads of state and government have died in aviation accidents


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Published: Mon 20 May 2024, 11:06 AM

Last updated: Mon 20 May 2024, 1:09 PM

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday (May 19), bringing to light similar incidents, where leaders died while in office.

Since 1936, 27 heads of state and government have died in aviation accidents.

Here are five leaders who lost their lives in a crash while in office:

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Swedish Prime Minister Arvid Lindman died in an aircraft crash on December 9, 1936, when the his plane crashed just after take off. The dense fog in the area contributed mostly to the tragedy.

On March 17, 1957, Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, was aboard his Douglas C-47 aircraft when it crashed on a mountain. The crash killed everyone on board except a journalist.

After coming in power just three years prior, Iraqi President Abdul Salam Arif died in a helicopter crash on April 13, 1966.

Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami died in a helicopter bomb explosion on June 1, 1987. He was on his way to Beirut when the bomb detonated shortly after his helicopter took off.

Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq died on August 17, 1988 when the military aircraft carrying him crashed near Bahawalpur.

Leaders who survived

Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai was supposed to be board the plane that exploded and crashed into the South China Sea on April 11, 1955. He survived the crash, which authorities said was an assassination attempt.

On February 17, 1959, Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes survived the plane crash that killed 14 people, when the aircraft crashed a few miles short of the runway.

King Hussein bin Talal, king of Jordan, survived the helicopter crash that killed his wife, Queen A Alia Touka on February 9, 1977.


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