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Bizarre Mar 1982 Black Sabbath Plane/Bus Crash  
User currently offlineTwinOtter4Ever From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 13688 times:

Hello all,

While listening to a local radio station the other day, they brought up an interesting trivia bit in regards to a plane/bus collision back on March 19, 1982. Which occurred after the bus driver, Andre Aycock, "borrowed" an aircraft (Beech f35- N567lt) from the Flying Baron Estates private strip in Leesburg, Fl airport and proceeded to buzz and eventually collide (on the last pass, obviously) with the bus killing all aboard the plane including there popular guitarist of the time Randy Rhoads and their hairdresser Rachel Youngblood. The pilot apparently had cocaine in his system, and his pilot license was invalid due to his medical expiring back in '79. Has anyone out there heard much of this?

See the NTSB report:


Randy Rhoads on Wiki:

exerpt (fair use from wikipedia):
"On March 19, 1982, the band was headed to a festival in Orlando, Florida. After driving much of the night, they stopped at the house of Jerry Calhoun, the bus company's owner, in Leesburg, Florida. The driver, Andrew Aycock, took Rhoads and hairdresser Rachel Youngblood on a flight in a Beechcraft Bonanza he had taken without permission. Apparently, during the flight, an attempt was made to "buzz" the tour bus where the other band members were sleeping.[2] They succeeded two times but the third time it went horribly wrong. The right wing clipped the right side of the tour bus by accident, leading to the crash of the plane into Calhoun's nearby mansion, completely destroying its front. Nobody in the mansion was hurt. Rhoads, age 25, was killed instantly, as were Aycock, 36, and Youngblood, 58. It was later determined in an autopsy that Aycock had a trace of cocaine in his system at the time; Rhoads' toxicology test revealed no illicit drugs."

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User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 13271 times:
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Yep, heard lots about it back in 1982, it was a very sad day indeed for the Heavy Metal world. Randy was taking the Metal world by storm with his unique style of guirtar playing and sound much like Eddie Van Halen did in the late 70's. I actually saw the "Diary of a Madman" tour in Los Angeles on New Years Eve 1981 just a few months before the crash and Randy played an awesome set.

It's a shame that someone with a pilots license (even a suspended one) could be so careless when operating a aircraft. A Bonanza is a hot aircraft much more going on than operating a Cessna 150, I wonder if Mr. Aycock had ever flown a Bonanza aircraft prior to this crash, it would be interesting to know.

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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11957 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 13246 times:

Quoting TwinOtter4Ever (Thread starter):
Bizarre Mar 1982 Black Sabbath Plane/Bus Crash

Technically the story doesn't concern Black Sabbath though.. as Ozzy Osbourne had been kicked out of the band by the time of the accident. Rhandy Rhodes was Ozzy's guitarist when Osbourne started his solo career.

But yes, freak accident, and a terrible loss to Rock and Roll / Heavy Metal...


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineTwinOtter4Ever From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12985 times:

Some crazy stuff. It's hard to get away with doing crazy stuff nowadays. Everyone was trying to have their crazy story they could tell. This one backfired. What is it with Guitar legends and plane crashes?

User currently offlineClydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 12883 times:

Yes, Randy Rhodes was not in Black Sabbath, this was Ozzy's own band after he had left the band.

User currently offlineTwinOtter4Ever From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 12702 times:

Quoting Clydenairways (Reply 4):

Thanks for the correction....was not aware of that....My appologies to all the Ozzie fans and the Black Sabbath fans out there..

User currently offlineYWG747 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12628 times:

Drinking and flying dont mix.
Randy was one hell of a talent, and he is still missed by the rock and roll community!

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