Jackie Onassis had premonitions that J.F.K. Jr. would be killed in his own aircraft and restrained him from obtaining a pilot’s licence. Nevertheless, following the death of his mother, Kennedy, who had long dreamt of flying, commenced pilot training and acquired his licence in 1998.
On the evening of July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr. crashed his own aircraft, a Piper Saratoga, into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was killed along with his wife, Carolyn Bessette, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette.
The Kennedy family has long been burdened by a sad history of aircraft crashes. Before the accident that claimed the lives of his son and daughter-in-law, three of President Kennedy’s siblings, Joseph, Kathleen and Edward, were involved in fatal aircraft accidents in 1944, 1948 and 1964. Joseph and Kathleen were killed. Edward Kennedy, though badly injured, survived.
In 1968, Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. His son, Alexander, died in a plane crash four years later.
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