New Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary Will Look Back at the 1977 Plane Crash
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - 7/2/1977 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium - Youtube
An upcoming documentary about the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane tragedy in 1977 will be released on the 13th of December. Happening days after the release of the band’s fifth album, the documentary will be based off the book of the security guard Gene Odom, titled I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd. This will detail the happenings of the crash by way of Odom and his fellow survivors’ firsthand accounts, comprised of Leslie Hawkins (lead backup singer), and Craig Reed (guitar tech).
The crash happened after the band’s performance at Greenville, SC, and was en-route to Baton Rouge, LA when the plane they were on ran out of fuel, prompting in an emergency landing attempt that ended in a fatal crash outside of Gillsburg, MS. The accident occurred at October 20, 1977, claiming the lives of founder and frontman Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, Dean Kilpatrick, and the pilot and co-pilot tandem of Walter McCreary and William Gray.
The documentary will feature original, BTS footage of the band before the plane crashed, along with dramatic reenactments, and CG animations and simulations of the crash.