Athletes, coaches and officials who died in plane crashes

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: November 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm •  Published: November 18, 2011
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Nov. 17, 2011 — Kurt Budke, 50, Oklahoma State women's basketball coach and assistant coach Miranda Serna, Perryville, Ark. Also killed were former Oklahoma state Senator Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula.


Sept. 7, 2011 — Russian hockey team Lokomotiv, 27 players, two coaches and seven club officials, in Tunoshna, Russia.

Sept. 15, 2007 — Colin McRae, 39, the 1995 World Rally champion, was among four people killed in a helicopter crash, in Scotland.

Oct. 11, 2006 — Cory Lidle, 34, New York Yankees pitcher, in New York.

Sept. 29, 2001 — Michael Cervi Jr., a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Marshfield, Wis.

Sept. 11, 2001 — Mari Rae Sopper, a gymnastics coach at UC Santa Barbara, a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon in Washington.

Sept. 11, 2001 — Garnet “Ace” Bailey, director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings and Mark Bavis, an amateur scout for the Kings, aboard United Airlines Flight 175 — the second plane to hit the World Trade Center in New York.

Jan. 27, 2001 — Oklahoma State basketball players Dan Lawson and Nate Fleming, and six team staffers and broadcasters, in Byers, Colo. The others killed were engineer Kendall Durfey, pilot Bjorn Fahlstrom, media relations coordinator Will Hancock, athletic trainer Brian Luinstra, pilot Denver Mills, director of basketball operations Pat Noyes, broadcaster Bill Teegins and student assistant Jared Weiberg.

Oct. 25, 1999 — Payne Stewart, 42, winner of the 1989 PGA Championship and a two-time U.S. Open winner, two miles west of Mina, S.D.

May 11, 1996 — Rodney Culver, 26, San Diego Chargers running back, in Florida Everglades.

April 18, 1996 — Brook Berringer, 22, Nebraska quarterback, two days before the NFL draft, in Raymond, Neb.

July 13, 1993 — Davey Allison, 32, 1992 Daytona 500 winner, the day after a helicopter he was piloting crashed on the infield at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

April 28, 1993 — Zambia's national soccer team, 18 players and five team officials, in Libreville, Gabon.

April 1, 1993 — Alan Kulwicki, 38, NASCAR's 1992 champion, in Blountville, Tenn.

Sept. 11, 1992 — Frank McKinney Jr., 53, Olympic swimming medalist in 1956 and 1960, in southern Marion County, Ind.

July 19, 1989 — Jay Ramsdell, 25, CBA commissioner, in Sioux City, Iowa.

Sept. 30, 1988 — Al Holbert, 41, five-time IMSA champion, near Columbus, Ohio.

Dec. 8, 1987 — Peruvian first-division soccer team Alianza Lima, coach Marcos Calderon and 16 players, in Lima, Peru.

Aug. 16, 1987 — Nick Vanos, 24, Phoenix Suns center, in Romulus, Mich.

Nov. 25, 1985 — Iowa State women's cross country team, coach Ron Renko, assistant coach Pat Moynihan, and team members Julie Rose, Susan Baxter and Sheryl Maahs, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dec. 12, 1983 — Rex Dockery, 41, Memphis State football coach, with offensive coordinator Chris Faros, 31, and defensive back Charles Greenhill, 19, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

March 14, 1980 — U.S. amateur boxing team, 14 members, in Warsaw, Poland.

Jan. 11, 1980 — Bo Rein, 34, LSU football coach, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Aug. 2, 1979 — Thurman Munson, 32, New York Yankees catcher, in Canton, Ohio.

April 23, 1978 — Frank DelRoy, U.S. Auto Club technical chairman and seven other USAC officials, about 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis.



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