2000: Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan is killed when the twin-engine Cessna airplane piloted by his son, Randy Carnahan, crashes on a heavily forested hillside during a rainstorm and foggy conditions near Goldman, Missouri. His son and Chris Sifford, his campaign advisor and former chief of staff, also died in the crash. Carnahan, 66, was running for the U.S. Senate at the time of the accident and his name remained on the ballot for the Nov. 7, 2000, election due to state election law. His widow, Jean Carnahan, unofficially became the Democratic candidate and, in a Senate first, Carnahan won posthumous election, beating incumbent John Ashcroft by a 2 percent margin. Jean Carnahan was then appointed to the Senate and served until November 2002, when she was narrowly defeated in a special election by Republican James Talent.