On March 16, 1991, tragedy struck when eight members of the famed singer’s band and crew, including excellent musicians and close friends, were killed in a horrific accident.
Reba McEntire, overcome with gratitude, took to social media to thank those who have left an indelible effect on the music industry. Their influence and efforts will be remembered forever.
As the flight from San Diego to Indiana took off, an unlucky mishap happened: one of the aircraft’s wings collided with a giant boulder atop Otay Mountain.
Unfortunately, this mishap led to the plane’s demise. Feeling ill then, Reba stayed at the hotel with her husband, Narvel, and stylist while the rest of the company went on an expedition.
Chris Austin, Joey Cigainero, Jim Hammon (the tour manager), Paula Kaye Evans, and Terry Jackson were killed.
Reba McEntire expressed her deep respect in a moving Instagram tribute, writing, “Their unwavering passion for music and their captivating stage presence continue to serve as a wellspring of inspiration for all of us.”
A performance recording starring the ensemble is included in this moving presentation, serving as a touching tribute to their outstanding musicianship and remarkable camaraderie.
Reba makes it a point to remember them by addressing the subject at least once a year, ensuring the band’s legacy lives on.
Reba recalled the incident and its immediate aftermath in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2012. She reflected on the traumatic event: “Upon receiving the notification, Narvel went to meet our pilot, who then delivered the devastating news.”
Narvel came to our hotel room in the early morning hours, bearing the weight of terrible news—a jet had crashed. “Are they all right?” I said, my voice trembling. “I don’t think so,” Narvel replied, weighing heavy on my emotions. “But you’re not sure?” I persisted, seeking clarity. He responded softly, “I don’t think so.”
As we remember these great people, let us always remember their impact on Reba McEntire’s career and the annals of music history. May their legacies live on to remind us of their enduring influence.