This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the catastrophic plane disaster that altered Reba McEntire’s and her musical family’s life forever.
Eight of the well-known singer’s bandmates and crew members—all excellent musicians and loyal friends—were killed in a sad accident on March 16, 1991.
McEntire expressed her gratitude on social media to those who have had a lasting impression on the music business. A tragic tragedy occurred when one of the plane’s wings crashed with a boulder above Otay Mountain during the San Diego to Indiana journey.
Reba was feeling under the weather at the time, so she stayed in the hotel with her spouse Narvel and stylist while the rest of the group went on an expedition.
In addition to Paula Kaye Evans and Terry Jackson, the tour manager Jim Hammon, Joey Cigainero, and Chris Austin also departed.
“They continue to inspire us all with their incredible stage presence and passion for music.”McEntire stated in an Instagram tribute video. A performance tape of the ensemble is included in this presentation, acting as an emotional ode to their brilliance and cohesiveness.
Reba brings up the topic of the band at least once a year, which preserves their memories.
In a 2012 interview, she discussed the incident and its immediate aftermath with Oprah Winfrey.
“When we received the notification, Narvel went to meet our pilot, who revealed the devastating news,” she recalled the unnerving time.
Early in the morning, Narvel returned to our hotel room and broke the terrible news that one of the planes had crashed.
I said, “Are they alright?” He said, “I don’t think so.” in response. You’re not sure, I pressed further. He said quietly, “I don’t think so.”
As we celebrate their lives, may we never lose sight of the lasting impact these remarkable people had on Reba McEntire’s career and music history.
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