Patsy Cline Plane Crash Site
Posted by: dalls
N 36° 03.741 W 088° 09.707
16S E 395371 N 3991488
Quick Description: ON THIS SITE
MARCH 5, 1963
HAWKSHAW HAWKINS, and
LOST THEIR LIVES IN A PLANE CRASH
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 7/17/2007 3:54:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM1W1T
Dottie West, leery of Cline flying, pleaded with her to ride back in the car with her and her husband, Bill. Cline, anxious to get home to her children, refused West's offer, saying "Don't worry about me, hoss. When it's my time to go, its my time." She called her mother from the airport and then boarded a Piper Comanche bound for Nashville, flown by her manager Randy Hughes, along with Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. After stopping to refuel in Dyersburg, Tennessee, the plane took off at 6:07 pm. According to revelations by the airfield manager in the Nassour biography, he suggested that they stay the night after advising of high winds and inclement weather on the flight path, but Hughes responded, "I've already come this far. We'll be there before you know it." However, they never made it to Nashville. The plane flew into severe weather and crashed at 6:20 p.m., according to Patsy's wrist watch, in a forest just outside of Camden, Tennessee, only 90 miles from the destination. There were no survivors. Patsy Cline was 30 years old.
The site is located about 2 miles west of Camden Tennessee on Mt. Camel Rd.
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Date of Crash: 03/05/1963
Aircraft Model: Piper Comanche
Military or Civilian: Civilian
Cause of Crash:
high winds and inclement weather
Tail Number: Not listed
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