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Ongoing History: A plane almost fell on top of him

Over the decades, a number of rock stars have been killed in plane crashes: Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Ozzy’s guitarist Randy Rhodes, Stevie Ray Vaughn, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd–I could go on.  The thing all these people have in common is they were in the planes that crashed.  This is different. 

When he was in Depeche Mode, keyboardist Alan Wilder was almost killed when a plane almost fell on him.  On September 1, 1994, he was driving through rural Scotland when an RAF jet fighter went out of control and crashed about 200 yards away from where he was.  Both pilots were killed. 

The impact left a crater more than 20 yards across and flaming shrapnel was blown all over the place.  At one point in its crash dive, the jet was less than 50 feet over Alan’s head. 

Had he been just 10 seconds further along the road, Alan would have been hit.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Ongoing History: A plane almost fell on top of him

  • Just want to clear up Randy Rhoads, not ‘Rhodes’. Damn autocorrect!🙄😆

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