John Denver's Last Flight
Posted by: Touchstone
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Quick Description: On October 12, 1997 popular singer/songwriter, John Denver crashed his Experimental Aircraft (an FAA Classification) into the Pacific Ocean just off Point Pinos near Pacific Grove, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 9/10/2005 5:30:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM193
December 31, 1943-October 12, 1997
John Denver, best known for his popular 1970's hits, such as, "Rocky Mountain High", "Take Me Home, Country Road", and "Sunshine On My Shoulders", was flying his relatively new Long E-Z
Experimental Aircraft near the Monterey Airport, when the plane he was piloting
seemed to loose power and plunge into the Pacific Ocean just West of Pacific
Grove, Ca resulting in his death.
At approximately 5:30 in the afternoon, several eyewitnesses described seeing Mr. Denver's plane heading West over Point Pinos and making a
"popping sound", and a "reduction of noise", before it made a steep descent into the Pacific Ocean, about 150 yards offshore.
A five member NTSB team was assembled to investigate and salvage the aircraft. They reached the conclusion that the crash was caused by a faulty placement of a switch used to change over the two gas tanks in the aircraft, and when Mr. Denver attempted to reach the switch (located behind the pilots seat), he lost control of the aircraft.
Impromptu mourning vigils were held at the adjacent parking area in the next few days, and Memorials to Mr. Denver could be seen along the beach for several weeks afterwards.
A Beach Clean-Up Day, followed by a candlelight vigil has been observed every
year on the anniversary of the crash by fans and local residents near the crash
site since that fatal day.