On This Day in 1977… The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.

On This Day in 1977… The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. 

Posted: 7:16 am Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Steve Craig

It’s a very sad and tragic remembrance today of a band that was cut down during their rise in popularity…

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October 20th in 1977, the plane carrying all the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in a a swampy, remote area of Southern Mississippi while enroute to a concert at LSU in Baton Rouge.  The official cause of the crash was “Fuel Exhaustion”.

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We lost the lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the 2 pilots. The rest of the band members were all severely injured, but survived to tell the tale and carry on.

I found a great story from 1988 in the Orlando Sentinel that tells of what happened… the premonitions, the crash, the brave rescue and more.

It’s a very interesting read… CHECK IT OUT HERE