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Chuck Yeager, first pilot who broke the sound barrier, dies at the age of 97

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United States Air Force Officer Charles Elwood "Chuck Yeager", the first pilot in history confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level...

Virunga National Park pilot Alphonse Musafiri Gasacyoya dies in a plane crash

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In the morning of 18 November, pilot Alphonse Musafiri Gasacyoya died in a plane crash that occurred shortly after take-off from the Virunga National...

Jetman Dubai pilot Vincent Reffet dies in accident

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On 17 November, Frenchman Vincent Reffet (36) died during training in Dubai. In 2014, the stuntman beat the world-record by base-jumping off the 828-meters-high...

Georges Gutelman, founder of several Belgian airlines including a forefather of Brussels Airlines, dies at 81

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Georges Gutelman, the founder of several Belgian airlines, died at 81. Since 2015, when his health had deteriorated, he lived in Israel. He was born...

Captain Freddy Deneffe, famous for flying with his dog Captain Mac, died at the age of 82

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Captain Freddy Deneffe has died at the age of 82. Since 2002, Freddy enjoyed his retirement after a long career flying on Fokker, British...

Sylvestre Coly, a Brussels Airlines flight attendant suddenly passed away

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Sylvestre Coly Kervyn de Meerendré, a 57-year-old flight attendant at Brussels Airlines suddenly passed away, leaving his family, friends and Brussels Airlines colleagues in...

Formula 1 Champion, pilot and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at the age of 70

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Austrian Formula One driver, three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion and aviation entrepreneur Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda has died in his sleep on 20 May...

Belgian sculptor Olivier Strebelle, who created “Flight in Mind” for Brussels Airport, died at the age of 90

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The sculptor Olivier Strebelle died on Saturday at 9 pm at the age of 90, his son confirmed on Sunday. This Belgian sculptor, a member...

Hans Vanhaelemeesch (1962-2016) – Belgian tourism has lost its figurehead

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Hans Vanhaelemeesch, Chief Communication Officer for TUI Western Region and spokesman for Jetair and Jetairfly died last night after a traffic accident. Hans worked...

Death of André Turcat, aviation pioneer and first pilot of the Concorde

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Legendary test pilot André Turcat died Monday night at the age of 94. He was the first aviator to have flown the famous Concorde 2...

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