Aerosmith Almost Hired Fatal Lynyrd Skynyrd Airplane

. (Classic Rock) Joe Perry recalls feeling that someone was "watching over" Aerosmith when they avoided hiring the plane that crashed with Lynard Skynard onboard. The Convair CV-300 plane crashed in Amite County in the USA in October 1977, killing Skynard's lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, as well as three other people.

Aerosmith guitarist Perry recalls the band backing out of a plan to hire the same aircraft a week before the crash and says he counts himself incredibly lucky.

Perry tells Crave Online: "It was a terrible tragedy, and we just considered ourselves incredibly lucky. People were flying on all these different planes, and it was very common to be on a plane Fleetwood Mac had been on the week before.

"We've always felt there was somebody watching over us, and this was another example of that. People were put in our lives that helped bail us out for one reason or another. Fortunately we had someone looking at the plane that we would be taking, and he put his foot down.

"To be that close to it... it was really a blow, up and down the line. From knowing those guys, to the loss of music and beyond." Read more here.

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