World Leaders Killed in Plane Crashes

October 19 marks the death of Mozambican President and revolutionary leader Samora Machel, who was killed in a plane crash just inside the border of South Africa. His mysterious death has resulted in widespread suspicions that the apartheid government may have purposely ignored safety procedures and still, 30 years later, the cause of the crash is unknown.

However, Machel’s death is just a name in a long list of world leaders who have died in plane or helicopter crashes. Here is a timeline of political figures who have passed away in aviation accidents.