Reba McEntire Remembers Late Bandmates on 25th Anniversary of Plane Crash

It’s a somber day for Reba McEntire.

The singer is remembering the bandmates she lost 25 years ago in a plane crash following one of their shows.

McEntire, 60, took to Instagram on Wednesday sharing a tribute post to those who died.

“Today is the 25th anniversary of the airplane crash. I went back to San Diego Nov of last year and took a helicopter up to the crash site,” she captioned a black and white photo of herself staring down at the ocean from the chopper’s window.

“I feel in my heart that they know we still miss them so much. My love and prayers to all the families and friends.”

In March of 1991, McEntire’s band packed up after playing 75-minute set at a convention for IBM in San Diego. Hours later tragedy struck when, just minutes after take off, one of two chartered, private jets – carrying seven members of the band and McEntire’s tour manager – clipped an outcropping of rock near the peak of Otay Mountain.

The plane then crashed into the side of the mountain and exploded on impact, killing everyone aboard; guitarist Chris Austin, 27, backup singer Paula Kaye Evans, 33, bassist Terry Jackson, 28, bandleader Kirk Cappello, 28, guitarist Michael Thomas, 34, drummer Tony Saputo, 34, keyboardist Joey Cigainero, 27, and tour manager Jim Hammon, 40.

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Pilot Donald Holms and co-pilot Chris Hollinger also died in the crash.

McEntire opted out of the flight after her now ex-husband Narvel Blackstock convinced her to stay in San Diego and get a good nights sleep in order to help her recover from a bout with bronchitis.

“By far this is my darkest hour, the most awful thing that ever happened in my life,” McEntire told PEOPLE exclusively two days after the incident. “When you have eight people that you absolutely love and their lives are just wiped out – it’s devastating. All of them were special.”

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