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October 20, 1977: Skynyrd Singer And Guitarist Killed In Plane Crash

Today in 1977, the airplane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd to Baton Rouge, LA crashed near Gillsburg, MI. The plane ran out of fuel in mid-air and forced the pilots to attempt an emergency landing on a nearby abandoned airstrip. The plane never made it to the strip and crashed in a heavily wooded area, being ripped to pieces. While most passengers survived with serious injuries, six people were killed in the crash- lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie, roadie Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray. The band had previously decided that this would be their final flight…

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