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October 12, 1997: Singer John Denver dies in plane crash

The singer died when an experimental plane he was piloting crashed in the Pacific Ocean

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American singer John Denver. - Gulf News Archives
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1997 - John Denver, the boyish, upbeat country-pop star famed for such infectious songs as Rocky Mountain High and Thank God I’m a Country Boy, died when an experimental plane he was piloting crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Denver crashed his ultralight off Monterey Bay, California, but his body was so badly mangled police were unable to officially identify it and had to get copies of the singer’s fingerprints flown in from Colorado. The plane went down near Lover’s Point, Pacific Grove. Denver, 53, was an experienced pilot who had flown the single-engined, ultra-light fibreglass plane many times in the past and even used it to commute from Colorado to Monterey where he could indulge his passion for golf and be near a daughter in Carmel.

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