On March 16, 1991, country music star Reba McEntire lost seven of her band members (Chris Austin, Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kaye Evans, Terry Jackson, Anthony Saputo, and Michael Thomas) and her tour manager Jim Hammon in a fatal plane crash outside of San Diego, California.
To mark the 26th anniversary of the shocking tragedy, Reba posted the following touching message via social media.
“How time flies. 26 years ago our friends went to sit on the right hand side of God. I love and miss them. Can you imagine the wonderful music they’re playing up there? And Jim making sure everything is set up just right? God takes the best. He has great taste,” the entertainer shared.
McEntire and her band had played a private show the night before, but Reba stayed behind to rest for an extra day before departing California. A second plane carrying the rest of Reba’s band members arrived safely at their destination.
Reba dedicated her 1991 album For My Broken Heart to those she lost. When she won the ACM ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ award that same year, she dedicated the honor to her “eight buddies.” Reba also recalled the terrible incident in her 1994 memoir, Reba; My Story.
Thinking of Reba and the families of those lost on that fateful day.