JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thirty-five years ago one of the most up and coming bands of the 1970s suffered a devastating loss.
A Convair CV-300 plane carrying members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band crashed in Gillsburg, MS after the plane ran out of gas on October 20th, 1977.
The Jacksonville based rock band was traveling from Greenville, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La., to play at Louisiana State University.
Six people on board were killed including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist Cassie Gaines, and guitarist Steve Gaines. Twenty others aboard the plane survived.
Just three days before the crash the band released the album "Street Survivors."
The band could not overcome the difficulties of losing members and loved ones in the plane crash and broke up a short time later.
Surviving members, led by singer Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother Johnny, did reunite in 1987 and began touring again.