Over the years, several politicians and world leaders have lost their lives to aviation accidents. Most of the reports say that the aviation accidents were just that, just accidents, but other more intelligent people know and believe that most of these accidents are due to various conspiracies and resultant assassinations. We are no analysts to predict what is right and what is wrong, who died naturally and who was assassinated but we do have a little list that will tell you about ten political leaders who died in aviation accidents. You be the judge of whether it was an accident or otherwise keeping in mind the fact that some of them died just moments after accepting office.
10. Lech Kaczynski
At the top of the list we have Lech Kaczynski, a fairly recent event since it happened in April 2010, a polish president who died in an aircraft crash in Russia. The Polish President now joins a long list of presidents who died in airplane crashes. Lech’s aircraft Air Force tu-154 crashed due to some fault in the airline and no hard evidence is available to suggest that he died due to anything but an accident. He served as the President of Poland from the year 2005 to 2010.
9. Abdul Salam Arif, the President of Iraq
The next political leader on our list of political leaders who died in aviation accidents is Abdul Salam Arif, the President of Iraq. This accident happened in the year 1966 when several other groups within Iraq were trying to gain control of the country and Abdul Salam Arif was trying his level best to lead it. Seems like the best of his efforts were just not enough and nature had to take its course.
8. Omar Torrijos, the President of Panama
Next on our list is the President of Panama. He lost his life to an aviation accident in the year 1981 when due to bad weather, the airplane he was travelling on, disappeared from the radar of the air control tower of Panama, quite like the Malaysian Airline Flight. His is one of those deaths that are rumored to be an assassination. One of the main reasons for such preposterous speculations is that the Ecuadorean president had died just a few months in quite similar fashion so who is to blame? It is the disappearing aircraft that gives air to such rumors and why shouldn’t it? Death calls when it calls though, there is no denying that.
7. General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the President of Pakistan
Next on our list of political leaders who died in aviation accidents is the celebrated President of Pakistan. This incident took place in the year 1988 and is one of the most controversial accidents in the history of aviation mishaps. This is one of those incidents that led to many a conspiracy theories and a whole board of inquiry was set up to determine the causes leading to the horrific incident. It was not only the Pakistani General who lost his life, there were 31 other passengers in the plane with him. What happened was that first the control tower lost the signal from the aircraft, then a signal was received and it was neither here nor there, and then the plane plummeted to its destruction on Pakistani soil taking along with it, the lives of the then American Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Raphel and US Military aid mission to Pakistan Herbet M. Wassom along with other prominent Pakistani people.
6. Boris Trajkovski, the President of Macedonia
This next incident that we have to report happened in the year 2004 and this time around it was the President of Macedonia that became the dreadful target of the aviation mishap. This is one of those accidents that were due to pure bad luck on part of those on board. The reports claimed that due to some runway issues and completely misguiding control towers, the plane crashed into a mountain side. The weather, extremely foggy as it was, did not help what so ever.
5. Ramon Magsaysay, the President of the Third Republic of Philippines
This incident dates back to the year 1957 when the plane that the third president was flying on, crashed into Mount Manunggal. This aviation disaster killed 25 passengers and this might come as a shock but the only surviving passenger was a new reporter. Irony has the last say it appears.
4. Jaime Roldos Aguilera, the President of Ecuador
Remember how we mentioned that the President of Ecuador was killed in an incident that is very similar to that of the accident of the President of Panama. This incident happened in the year 1981 and the aviation disaster not only killed the president but also his wife, the defence minister of that time and two leaders from the army to mention a few. The cause of his death is again traced back to a planned assassination because of the rumors that Jaime Roldos was planning to develop a hydrocarbon sector. A power hungry world would not approve of that leading to horrific speculations.
3. Franciso de sa’ Carneiro, the Prime Minister of Portugal
The next incident on our list of political leaders that died in aviation accidents is the Prime Minister of Portugal. This incident happened in 1980 and the shocking thing is that his plane crashed into a building only eleven months after he had accepted his position as the Prime Minister. This fact alone led many to believe that his death was a planned assassination although no hard evidence was ever found.
2. Rene Barrientos, the President of Bolivia
As we near the end of our list of political leaders that died in aviation accidents we have yet another President. This incident happened in the year 1969. It is important to note here that the man was known as a brutal dictator. The people of his country had a very firm belief that he was assassinated and little birdie tells us that they weren’t all too sad about it. Rumor has it that the chopper he was on was shot down but this theory was never confirmed.
1. Dr John Garang de Mabior, the Vice President of Sudan
Last but not the least we have to report an incident from the year 2005 when the almost President of Sudan died on his way back from a meeting that his government had no idea about. The crash is said to have occurred due to bad weather but even the actual President himself wasn’t so sure about it claiming something along the lines of “external factors”.