Fame to Blame for Lynyrd Skynyrd Airplane Crash October 20, 1977

Forty years ago today the plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd, their road crew, tour manager, and two pilots crashed in a heavily wooded area north of Gillsburg Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines.

Four others, backup singer Cassie Gaines, the tour manager and both pilots also died in the accident, and several others suffered serious injuries. The band had finished playing a venue in Greenville South Carolina and were headed for their next gig at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge when the pilots radioed the plane was low on fuel. Air traffic controllers diverted the plane to a McComb-Pike County Airport, but the plane came down five miles short of the runway.

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