A plane carrying promoter David Crockett and wrestlers Richard Fliehr (Ric Flair), John Wisniski (Johnny Valentine), George Woodin (Tim Woods/Mr. Wrestling), and Bob Bruggers left Charlotte headed for Wilmington, North Carolina on October 4, 1975. The plane ran out of gas and crashed before reaching the Wilmington airport. All were hospitalized with serious injuries. Pilot Michael Farkas would eventually die from the injuries. While the rest survived, Valentine and Bruggers never wrestled again. (3)
Six professional wrestlers died while doing a United Services Organization tour for Allied troops when the plan they were traveling in went down in France on March 3, 1945. The deceased were Benny Reuben, Harold Sabath, George Mack, Gaius Young, Lester Chapman, and George Ross. (4)
Joseph Lyman, a professional wrestler who achieved success in the Pacific Northwest, died on September 25, 1948 when the plane he was piloting crashed. Lyman left Boise, Idaho and his plane went down near Bend, Oregon. He was booked to wrestle in Eugene. (5)
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