Lynyrd Skynyrd were traveling from Greensville, S.C. to Baton Rouge, L.A. when their plane apparently ran out of fuel towards the end of the flight.
The pilots attempted to land on a small air strip, but the bottom of the lane clipped some trees and the aircraft went down in a remote strand of forest.
Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Grey were killed instantly, while the other band members and road crew suffered terrible injuries.
Drummer Arimus Pyle and two crew members crawled from the wreckage and hiked through swampy woods until they finally flagged down a local farmer who sent for help.
Following the crash 'Street Survivors' became Lynyrd Skynyrd's second platinum album.
Out of respect for the band and their family members, MCA (Music Corporation of America) recalled the album's original cover, which depicted the band members engulfed in flames.