It was on Oct. 20th of 1977, that the plane Lynyrd Skynyrd was traveling on ran out of gas and crashed. 6 people lost their lives in the crash including Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Steve's big sister Cassie, who was a backup singer for the band, road manager Dean Kilpatrick, the pilot Walter McCreary and the co-pilot William Gray.
The plane had a history.
The Convair CV-240 had been inspected by members of Aerosmith's flight crew for possible use earlier in 1977, but was rejected because it was felt that neither the plane nor the crew were up to standards. Aerosmith's assistant chief of flight operations Zunk Buker tells of seeing pilots McCreary and Gray passing a bottle of Jack Daniel's back and forth while he and his father were inspecting the plane. Aerosmith's touring family was also relieved because the band, specifically Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, had been trying to pressure their management into renting that specific plane.
When it comes to rock, fans too often focus on the past. It doesn't help that so many stars from the classic rock era continue to tour regularly—from Paul McCartney to Roger Waters—in the process keeping their many-decades-old catalogue alive to an audience that mainly falls into a familiar demograp...