World Leaders Who Like Ebrahim Raisi Died in Air Crashes

On Sunday (May 19), Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir- Abdollahian and other officials, died in a helicopter crash. As the world mourns his death, let's take a look at other world leaders who suffered a similar fate.

General Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistan's sixth President, died in a plane crash near Bahawalpur on 17 August 1988. The cause remains controversial, with speculation about mechanical failure, sabotage, and conspiracy theories. There are also rumours that the Soviet Union (in retaliation for Pakistani support of the mujahidin in Afghanistan) 

General Zia-ul-Haq (1924-1988)

Lech Kaczynski, the president of Poland died in a plane crash on 10 April 2010, when a Tupolev Tu-154M plane carrying him, his wife Maria Kaczyńska, and other members of a Polish delegation (top public and military figures) crashed while approaching Smolensk Air Base in Russia. 29 others died in the plane crash.

Lech Kaczynski (1949-2010)

Juvenal Habyarimana, the second president of Rwanda, was assassinated on 6 April 1994. His private Falcon 50 jet was shot down near Kigali International Airport, killing Habyarimana, Cyprien Ntaryamira, the President of Burundi, the Chief of Staff of the Rwandan military, and numerous others.

Juvenal Habyarimana (1937-1994)

Ramon Magsaysay, the seventh President of the Philippines, died in an aircraft disaster on March 17, 1957. His aeroplane had crashed on Mount Manunggal in Cebu. 24 of the 25 people aboard the aircraft died in the crash.

Ramon Magsaysay (1907-1957)

The prime minister of the Polish Government- in-Exile, Władysław Sikorski died in a plane crash on 4 July 1943. His daughter, his chief of staff Tadeusz Klimecki, and seven others also perished in the crash. While an investigation into the crash ruled it an accident, controversy theories suggest sabotage.

Władysław Sikorski (1881 - 1943)