Hot on the heels of the success of "Fancy", Reba McEntire, her general manager (and then-husband), tour manager, and the entire band flew to San Diego, California in 1991 for a private concert IBM had booked for a conference.
Only four hours later, seven of her band members and her tour manager boarded one of the three jets commissioned to take the group to their next tour stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Moments after takeoff, at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Saturday March 16th, 1991, the small jet's wing caught the edge of a rock outcropping on the side of a mountain just a mile north of the Mexican-American border and began cartwheeling at 200 mph when it crashed into the side of the mountain, exploding on impact and killing all on board.
"By far this is my darkest hour, the most awful thing that ever happened in my life," Reba told People Magazine just days after the crash. "When you have eight people that you absolutely love and their lives are just wiped out - it's devastating."
Her album For My Broken Heart was dedicated to the lives of those lost on that tragic day.
Watch Reba's song, "For My Broken Heart" in the video below.
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