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Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash



Some feel Ronnie van Zant mocked fate when he boarded his band’s plane just a day after the engine was sputtering flames. Van Zant uttered the following words on October 20, 1977 before stepping aboard: “C’mon, let’s go. If it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.”





His time it was. The plane went down, crashing into a swamp in Mississippi. Van Zant, his guitarist Steve Gaines, Steve’s sister Cassie, and manager Dean Kilpatrick all died on impact, along with both pilots. Survivor Artimus Pyle recalled seeing horrific scenes, such as a headless pilot and Dean’s impaled body. 



Band vocalist Jo Jo Billingsley claimed to have had a vivid premonition of the plane crash the day before it happened. Zant had recently asked her to return to the band after a departure due to drugs and alcohol addiction. The day she agreed to meet him, she dreamed of a plane crashing to the ground. Her dream became a reality the next day.