Which pilot died? Are you making that up as a joke?
I looked it up. It was reported on a satirical website, but made to sound like it was real. SNOPES (I know) just said it was false.
A similar website said similar, but was a confusing article. It said that the pilot (Noonan) of the plane had died, but that he wasn’t really a pilot, and the picture associated with the pilot was a stock image of a pilot. (So I’m not sure if the guy really died or not.
BTW - the last name of “Noonan” was also the name of the navigator for Amelia Earhart. (So would make for a good fake name.)