Clarabelle Lansing, an Aloha Airlines Flight 243 flight attendant, was blown out of a Boeing 737 when a large section of its fuselage tore off in mid flight.
20 crew and passengers died in a plane crash near Bandundu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, when a crocodile, being smuggled by one of the passengers in a sports bag, freed itself and panicked the passengers who all ran towards the flightdeck. The tiny Filair L-410 Turbolet unbalanced and crashed, despite the lack of any technical failure. One passenger survived.
Robert Gary Jones, 38, was killed while jogging and listening to his iPod on a beach in Hilton Head Island, U.S. when he was hit from behind by a small plane making an emergency landing.
Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from Italy, who was lucky enough to have missed her flight on the doomed Air France 447 died in a car crash on the way home in Austria.