Reba McEntire remembers the day she lost her band in a horrific plane crash 32 years ago

Today, the wonderful Reba McEntire is 68 years old and she truly deserves all the praise she can get. Personally, it feels like she has been around all my life and I still listen to her, several times a week.

But everything hasn’t been milk and honey in Reba’s life – this year marks the 32nd anniversary of a plane disaster that claimed the lives of several of her friends.

After making her breakthrough in country music in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Reba McEntire was named “best singer” four years in a row by the Country Music Association. She also, of course, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But despite her fantastic career and all her success, life has also been pretty tough for Reba – she has had her fair share of personal tragedies.

In 2022, Reba’s mother Jacqueline lost her battle with cancer , passing away at the age of 93.

”She had a wonderful, full, healthy life and was absolutely ready to go. The cancer might think it won the battle but we’re giving God all the credit on selecting the time for her to go home to Him,” the country star wrote on social media.


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Jacqueline McEntire always held the dream of being a professional country singer and it was she who taught Reba to sing – thus realizing her ambitions through her daughter.

“She left knowing how much she is loved and we all know how much she loved us. We’re all going to miss her but we have so many wonderful memories,” Reba said.

Reba certainly knows what it is to endure sorrow and loss. 32 years ago, in on March 16, she lost seven of her band members and her tour manager, who died in a tragic plane crash after a concert. I remember that day in 1991. I was driving to work and I heard about the crash on the radio. My heart skipped a beat when I thought Reba was also in the plane. But she wasn’t.

Reba and her band had performed in San Diego on March 16, 1991, and was heading to Fort Wayne, Ind., to perform their next concert on the tour. Two planes were waiting at the airport in San Diego – the band members and tour manager flew on ahead while Reba, her husband and manager stayed overnight in San Diego. The first aircraft tragically met with disaster just ten miles east of the airport.

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