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|Visiting the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Sight
on the 40th Anniversary of the Plane Crash
Survivors & Recuers Come Together on October 20, 2017
Pictures Courtesy of Mike Rounsaville & Friends at the 40th Anniversary
|Mike Rounsaville at the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash site on the 40th Anniversary
|USA Today Newspaper covered the 40th Anniversary
& Cassie Gaines
|The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (from Wikipedia)
Following a performance at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, South Carolina, on October 20, 1977, the band boarded a chartered Convair
CV-300 bound for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they were scheduled to appear at LSU the following night. Due to a faulty engine, the airplane ran low on
fuel and the pilots were diverted to the McComb-Pike County Airport. After running out of fuel they attempted an emergency landing before crashing in
a heavily forested area five miles northeast of Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, along with backup singer Cassie Gaines
(Steve's older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray were killed on impact; other band members
(Collins, Rossington, Wilkeson, Powell, Pyle, and Hawkins), tour manager Ron Eckerman, and several road crew suffered serious injuries.
The accident came just three days after the release of Street Survivors. Following the crash and the ensuing press, Street Survivors became the band's
second platinum album and reached No. 5 on the U.S. album chart. The single "What's Your Name" reached No. 13 on the single charts in 1978. The original
cover sleeve for Street Survivors had featured a photograph of the band, particularly Steve Gaines, engulfed in flames. Out of respect for the deceased
(and at the request of Teresa Gaines, Steve's widow), MCA Records withdrew the original cover and replaced it with the album's back photo, a similar image
of the band against a simple black background. Thirty years later, for the deluxe CD version of Street Survivors, the original "flames" cover was restored.
Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded after the tragedy, reuniting only on one occasion to perform an instrumental version of "Free Bird" at Charlie Daniels'
Volunteer Jam V in January 1979. Collins, Rossington, Powell, and Pyle performed the song with Charlie Daniels and members of his band.
Leon Wilkeson, who was still undergoing physical therapy for his badly broken left arm, was in attendance, along with Judy VanZant & Teresa Gaines.
|Survivor Marc B. Frank Plane Crash Interview
Marc B. Frank of Spartanburg, one of Lynyrd's Skynyrd's road crew was on the
plane and one of the 20 survivors, he talked a few years ago about his story:
And, it mentions our Tennessee Concerts website for more info. (at the bottom of page).
From Spartanburg South Carolina's Classic Rock Radio 101.1
|Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Radio Report
on the evening of October 20, 1977
|Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Story
|1979: Lynyrd Skynyrd back on stage again
after the plane crash doing Freebird (instrumental)
w/ members of the Charlie Daniels Band in Nashville
Members of the CDB and Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental of the Skynyrd anthem,
"Free Bird" at Volunteer Jam V at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN on January 13, 1979.
The Jam was the first time the surviving members of Skynyrd had performed
together since before the tragic crash that claimed the lives of both pilots,
guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister (and Honkette) Cassie, roadie Dean Kilpatrick
|Julian Haney carves
on the plane crash sight
tribute tree. See Julian's
video from this day (below)
|Mike Rounsaville photographs possible plane remnants found. Mike helped out at the crash site on this 40th Anniversary
|A tree trump,
left over from
the plane crash
|The Tribute Tree
Most everyone that
comes here, sign's the tree
|Survivors, first responders and Lynyrd Skynyrd fans
walk at the spot where the plane crashed in 1977.
|Mark Howard (survivor), Dwain Easley (rescuer)
& Marc. B. Frank (survivor) on this 40th Anniversary
and Drum Tech
Marc B. Frank
carves on the tree
carves on the tree
carves on the tree
|Dwain Easley (rescuer), Marc B. Frank (survivor),
Mark Howard (survivor) and Jamie D. Wall (rescuer)
talk about the night of the tragic plane crash
|Carved by Mike Rounsaville
|Brenda Martin (ex-wife of Johnny Mote) & Family.
She is pictured next to Marc B. Frank (right)
|Mark Howard displays
Lynyrd Skynyrd bottle of
Jack Daniels Whiskey that
he still has, given to the
crew on that tour
|Mark Howard's display
of Lynyrd Skynyrd items
related to the tour & crash
|Menalia & Andre came all
the way from Tuscani Italy
to be here on this day.
Others, came from England
|The plane crash sight area
|The area of the plane crash sight
|Mark Howard with more fans that showed up.
These were on their way to a Halloween party
|USA Today - When Lynyrd Skynyrd fell from the sky
USA Today Link (below):
|Marc Frank Interview Link (below):
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|Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Site Draws A Pilgrimage (video)
The site of the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd tour plane crash has drawn
visitors over the years. Tuesday October 20, 2015 marked the 38th
Anniversary and drew several veterans from the night of the crash
|2017 - A new Interview with Gary Rossington
Gary Rossington - New Interview - 13 October 2017 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tom Wills interviews Gary Rossington - Extended Interview
At the 40th Anniversary of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash.