Remembering Patsy Cline, 50 Years After Her Fatal Plane Crash

On March 5, 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tennesee, about 90 miles west of Nashville. Around 6:20 p.m., their Piper Comanche PA-24 aircraft slammed into the ground, killing everyone on board instantly and leaving a six-foot-deep hole.

Randy Hughes, who was flying the aircraft, was not an instrument-rated pilot and could not steer his way through the adverse weather, dooming the plane.

The 50th anniversary of the horrific plane crash that took the trio and Hughes gives us a chance to look back on the legacy of Cline, who is still one of the most-beloved and influential female country singers ever. All three artists died as members of the Grand Ole Opry.

Hawkins was married to singer Jean Shepard at the time of the crash, and Cline left behind her second husband, Charlie Dick, and children Julie and Randy. All three of Cline's immediate family members are still active in her estate.

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Craig Hlavaty
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