Aerial Conspiracy Theory: Breaking the Numbers Down
Notes on Methodology: I'm attempting to use the best sources I can find online, and taking out all the data from 1920-1960, because most of the earlier entries involve either aviation pioneers, wartime pilots, or similar confounding factors. I'm also not going to be making any speculations about the cause of any trends I might find.
US Politicians Killed in Aviation Incidents
Broken down by year and party affiliation
|Donald Grant Nutter||Republican||1962|
|Clement Woodnutt Miller||Democrat||1962|
|de Lesseps Story Morrison||Democrat (Mayor of New Orleans)||1962|
|Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. (Hale Boggs)||Democrat||1972|
|Nicholas Joseph Begich||Democrat||1972|
(Disappeared, presumed killed)
|George Washington Collins||Democrat||1972|
|Jerry Lyle Pettis||Republican||1975|
|Jerry Lon Litton||Democrat||1976|
|Ralph Frederick Beermann||Republican||1977|
|Lawrence Patton McDonald||Democrat||1983|
(Aboard the Korean Airlines jet shot down by the Soviet military)
|George Thomas Leland||Democrat||1989|
|Larkin I. Smith||Republican||1989|
|Henry John Heinz III||Republican||1991|
|George Speaker Mickelson||Republican||1993|
|Ronald Harmon Brown||Democrat||1996|
|Charles B. Yates||Democrat||2000|
|Melvin Eugene Carnahan||Democrat||2000|
|Paul David Wellstone||Democrat||2002|
Totals and Statistics
Number of Republicans: 8 (40%)
Number of Democrats: 12 (60%)
Risk Factors: Rural, small/private planes
Lifetime odds of being killed in an aircraft incident (US population average, deduct for frequent flyers): approximately 1 in 5,000
"Politicians killed in plane crashes," CNN.com, Friday, October 25, 2002.
"List of people who died in aviation-related incidents, Politicians," Wikipedia.
" Politicians Killed in Aircraft Accidents and Disasters," The Political Graveyard.
"What are the odds of dying?," National Safety Council.