Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary Recounts Deadly 1977 Plane Crash

Due December 13 on DVD and based on the book by security guard Gene Odom, "I'll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours Of Lynyrd Skynyrd" delivers firsthand accounts of the crash and its aftermath by Odom and fellow survivors, lead backup singer Leslie Hawkins, and guitar tech Craig Reed.

Following a performance in Greenville, SC, the Florida band were on their way to Baton Rouge, LA when their chartered plane ran out of fuel and crashed outside of Gillsburg, MS when the pilots attempted an emergency landing.

The October 20, 1977 incident claimed the lives of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.

The documentary features original behind-the-scenes film footage of life with the band before the crash, dramatic reenactments illustrating key dramatic scenes, and high-end CG animations - including a simulation of the plane crash that matches the NTSB report; rare interviews with four first responders were also captured, filmed on location at the Mississippi crash site.

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