BritSox wrote:It happened a couple of times in soccer. The famous Munich Air Disaster of 1958 when 23 people including eight Manchester United players were killed when their plane crashed taking off from the runway at Munich Airport being the most notable.
Bingo, those were the famous Busby Babes, dubbed after legendary United manager Matt Busby, with most or all of them taken tragically so, while in the primes of their careers. But yeah, a tragedy of this magnitude is very rare because air travel, in general, relative to automotive and rail transport, is significantly safer. In the case of Cory Lidle, he was a beginner pilot, flying a plane that's recommended more for intermediate flyers.
Keeping things in perspective, Cory's death was equally shocking as WWE's Eddie Guerrero's in November of last year.