Artists who died in a plane crash
Miller was due to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris on December 15, 1944, to make arrangements to move his entire band there in the near future. His plane, a single-engine UC-64 Norseman, departed from RAF Twinwood Farm in Clapham, on the outskirts of Bedford, and disappeared while flying over the English Channel.
Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in an airplane crash on October 20, 1977. The band had boarded a chartered Convair CV-240 in Greenville, South Carolina bound for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After running out of fuel the pilots attempted an emergency landing before crashing in a heavily forested area five miles northeast of Gillsburg, Mississippi.
Cline's flight, a Piper PA-24 Comanche plane, crashed in heavy weather on the evening of March 5, 1963 while on the way from a concert in Kansas City. The plane was found some 90 miles (140 km) from its Nashville destination, in a forest outside of Camden, Tennessee
On Friday, July 31, 1964, Reeves and his business partner and manager Dean Manuel (also the pianist of Reeves' backing group, the Blue Boys) left Batesville, Arkansas, en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft N8972M with Reeves at the controls.
While flying over Brentwood, Tennessee, they encountered a violent thunderstorm and crashed.
On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding and his band, the Bar-Kays, boarded Redding's Beechcraft H18 airplane in Cleveland, Ohio to Madison, Wisconsin.
The weather was poor, with heavy rain and fog. Four miles (6.4 km) from their destination at Truax Field in Madison, the pilot radioed for permission to land. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed into Lake Monona.
On September 20, 1973, during Croce's Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single "I Got a Name" was released, Croce and all five others on board were killed when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed into a tree during takeoff from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
On Monday, August 27, 1990, at 12:50 a.m. (CDT), Vaughan and members of Eric Clapton's touring entourage played an all-star encore jam session at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Alpine Valley Resort in East Troy, Wisconsin. Afterwards they took off for Midway International Airport in Chicago in a Bell 206B helicopter, the most common way for acts to enter and exit the venue as there is only one road in and out, which is heavily used by fans. The helicopter crashed into a nearby ski hill shortly after takeoff.
On the night of November 24, 2001, Thornton died in the crash of Crossair Flight 3597 near Zürich, Switzerland. The plane crashed into a wooded range of hills near Bassersdorf and caught fire, killing 24 of the 33 people on board.
Along with eleven others, Green died on July 28, 1982, when the Robertson STOL-modified Cessna 414 leased by Last Days Ministries crashed after takeoff from the private airstrip located on the LDM property. The small two-engine plane was carrying eleven passengers and the pilot, Don Burmeister, for an aerial tour of the LDM property and the surrounding area. Green and two of his children, three-year-old Josiah and two-year-old Bethany, were on board the plane, along with visiting church planters, John and Dede Smalley and their six children.
Nelson died on December 31, 1985, flying from Guntersville, Alabama, to Dallas, Texas, for a concert. The plane was his own Douglas DC-3, which had a history of mechanical problems. All seven passengers, including Helen Blair, his girlfriend at the time, died. Only the two pilots survived.
On 25 December 2016, its artistic director, Valery Khalilov, and 63 other members of the Ensemble were killed in the Russian Defence Ministry aircraft crash of a 1983 Tupolev Tu-154 into the Black Sea just after takeoff from the southern resort city of Sochi, Russia. The Red Army Choir singers and dancers were en route to Syria to entertain Russian troops there for Orthodox Christmas celebrations.