Who died in the first airplane accident?
The first person killed in an airplane accident was Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge. On September 17, 1908, Selfridge was a passenger with Orville Wright, in a demonstration flight at Fort Myer, Virginia, when the crash occurred. Wright survived the crash. The first pilot of a powered airplane to be killed was Eugène Lefèbvre in France, on September 7, 1909.