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Reba McEntire Pays Tribute to Former Band Members 20 Years After Devastating Plane Crash

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Exactly 20 years ago today, eight members of Reba McEntire‘s road band and crew died in a plane crash. McEntire paid a loving, touching tribute t0 the lost members of her musical family by way of a video on her official Facebook page.

In the video, which is set to a lilting background song, black-and-white photos and the name of each person who perished are displayed. At the end of the scroll of names, there is footage of the band members doing what they loved: performing with McEntire. Before the clip fades to black, a note reads that eight Dogwood trees have been planted at McEntire’s Ranch House Walk in memorial of those who lose their lives tragically.

Chris Austin, Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainero, Paula Kay Evans, Jim Hammon, Terry Jackson, Anthony Saputo, and Michael Thomas — along with pilot Donald Holms and co-pilot Chris Hollinger — perished when their charter jet plane crashed near San Diego, Calif., after McEntire’s private performance for IBM executives. The aircraft crashed on the side of Otay Mountain, and it is believed that poor visibility near the mountain was the cause of the crash.

McEntire was close to many members of her road band and dedicated her 1991 album, ‘For My Broken Heart,’ to them. To all of those who lost their lives 20 years ago today, may you rest in peace.

Watch Reba McEntire’s Tribute Video

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