Twenty seven years ago today (March 16), Reba McEntire lost eight members of her band in a tragic plane crash.
The Oklahoma native had performed with her band at a show in San Diego on a Friday night. While she stayed back to take a flight the next day, her band members got on the fateful flight. She was later going to meet the band at the next stop. Shortly after takeoff, the plane, flying too low, hit a mountain and went down. Everyone on board lost their lives, including the pilots.
Those band members lost included Jim Hammon, Reba’s tour manager; Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kaye Evans, Michael Thomas, Terry Jackson, Tony Saputo and Chris Austin. Every year Reba makes a point to remember those she loved so dearly, taking to social media.
Remembering her band today, the legendary singer posted a message about the crash on Instagram.
“Friends forever. I know Suzy and Joe join me in saying we miss you guys and still love you with all our hearts! 27 year…seems like yesterday. #musicinheaven #lovealways,” she wrote in the post.
Out thoughts go out to Reba and the families of those lost 27 years ago.