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U.S. Politicians Killed in Plane Crashes

Prominent politicians killed in airplane crashes:

Oct. 16, 2000 — Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son and an aide killed when their small plane crashes in bad weather in Missouri. Carnahan was running for the U.S. Senate.

April 3, 1996 — Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, killed when an Air Force jet crashes into a mountain in Croatia, killing all 35 aboard.

April 19, 1993: South Dakota Gov. George Mickelson, killed along with seven other people when their state-owned plane crashes in a rainstorm near Dubuque, Iowa.

April 5, 1991 — Former Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, and NASA astronaut Manley "Sonny" Carter Jr. among those killed in the crash of an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight near Brunswick, Ga.

April 1, 1991 — Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., killed when his plane collides with a helicopter over Merion, Pa.

Aug. 13, 1989 — Rep. Larkin Smith, R-Miss., killed along with his pilot when their Cessna 177 crashes into the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi.

Aug. 7, 1989 — Rep. Mickey Leland, a Texas Democrat who chaired the House Select Committee on Hunger, killed when plane crashes during a trip to inspect relief efforts in Ethiopia.

Sept. 1, 1983 — Rep. Larry McDonald, D-Ga., killed when Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a Russian fighter jet.

Aug. 2, 1978 — Richard Obenshain, Republican candidate for Senate from Virginia, killed when plane crashes near Richmond, Va. John Warner, now top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, was picked to run in his place.

Dec. 8, 1972 — Rep. George W. Collins, D-Ill., killed when his plane crashes on approach to Midway Airport in Chicago. His wife, Cardiss, succeeded him in office.

Oct. 16, 1972 — House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, D-La., and Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, killed when their plane disappears over Alaska. Boggs was succeeded in office by his wife, Liddy.