Monument Dedicated To Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Unveiled In Mississippi

A monument dedicated to the plane crash that killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, their road manager and the two pilots was unveiled in Mississippi on Sunday.

The ceremony took place on the 42nd anniversary of the crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi, and was attended by Ronnie Van Zant's widow Judy, and Steve Gaines's daughter Corrina, various grandchildren, and numerous fans.

Fans raised $65,000 for the monument, which was the idea of some of the local residents who participated in the rescue and who had the backing of Skynyrd.

Lead singer/founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and both pilots, Walter McCreary and William Gray, all died in the placrash on October 20, 1977.

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