After a concert at Prather Coliseum, Croce boarded the Beechcraft E18S. Only an hour after getting off stage, the plane had crashed while taking off from Natchitoches Regional Airport. Five others in his entourage were killed on board.
An investigation proved that the plane had clipped a pecan tree that was located at the end of the runway. It was the only tree for hundreds of yards. The NTSB concluded that it was the pilot’s error.
Croce’s ‘Time In A Bottle’ hit No.1 just weeks after his death.
Croce left behind his wife, musician Ingrid Croce, and his young son A.J. Croce.
Jim Croce was 30 years old.