Sad day in Florida history: Remember Randy Rhoads

posted by Andy Preston - 

 

On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was died when the plane he was a passenger in crashed. After a long overnight drive, the band had stopped near a small airstrip near Leesburg, Fl.. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, talked the band's keyboardist, Don Airey, into taking a test flight in a '55 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to "buzz" the tour bus. The left wing clipped the bus, which sent the plane spiralling into a nearby house and bursting into flames. All three victims identified by dental records.

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