Jim Croce Perishes in Plane Crash

On September 20, 1973, American Singer-Songwriter James “Jim” Croce perished in a plane crash at Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana.

Sad day in music history

Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles during his illustrious career. His singles “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On September 20, 1973, Croce and five others were killed in the crash of a chartered Beechcraft E18S upon takeoff from the Natchitoches Regional Airport. Croce had just completed a concert and was traveling to Texas for another show.

According to results of an investigation, the plane, which took off downwind, did not gain enough altitude to clear, nor did the pilot maneuver to avoid, a tree at the end of the runway, which investigators said was the only tree for hundreds of yards.