Patsy Cline's crash site

Crash Site Location in Camden, Tennessee

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Patsy Cline's crash site

This is the site where singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash.

It is situated at 2082 Mount Carmel Road in Camden, Tennessee.

On the afternoon of March 5th, 1963, Cline and two other country music performers—Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins—took off from Fairfax Municipal Airport in Kansas City.

Their intended destination was their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

That day, they boarded a small Piper PA-24 Comanche plane that was being piloted by Cline's manager, Randy Hughes.

Although Hughes held a private license, he was an inexperienced pilot who was not qualified to fly in poor visual conditions.

During a quick stop in Dyersburg, he was warned about high winds and informed that the current visibility was "marginal." He was also told that the weather conditions in Nashville were below the minimum level that is required for visual flights.

Despite being offered food and shelter for the night, Hughes and the three musicians decided to continue eastward. Before taking off again, Hughes told one airport employee that he'd return if the conditions worsened.

Shortly after the plane took off again, a witness near Camden saw it descending at a 45-degree angle. A few minutes later, it crashed into this forested area near Highway 70.

Cline, Hughes, Copas, and Hawkins were all killed instantly.

The plane, which hit the ground at about 175 miles per hour, was completely destroyed. Its debris was scattered across an area that was roughly 22,000 square feet in size.

That night, news of the aircraft's disappearance was broadcast on TV and radio stations all around the country.

Country singer Roger Miller, who was a good friend of Cline's, was reportedly one of the first people to discover the wreckage. After hearing about the plane's disappearance, he drove from Nashville to the crash site to aid in the search.

Miller said he ran through the forest and found the plane, which had crashed nose-down.

Investigators determined that the accident was most likely caused by Hughes' inexperience, as there was no evidence of a mechanical failure or anything that might suggest the aircraft wasn't operating normally.

Shortly after takeoff, he encountered poor weather conditions that prevented him from being able to see the ground.

When he finally exited the clouds and realized which direction he was flying in, it was already too late. By that stage, the plane was hurtling downward.

Patsy Cline crash site location

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


2082 Mount Carmel Road, Camden, Tennessee, TN 38320, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the site are:

36.062159, -88.160563


The entrance to Cline's memorial site is situated on Mount Carmel Road, which is about one mile north of Highway 70. It is roughly two miles west of Camden, Tennessee.


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Flight route

Flight route

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This map shows the flight route that Patsy Cline's plane took on Tuesday, March 5th, 1963.

The Piper PA-24 Comanche left Fairfax Municipal Airport in Kansas City at 2 p.m.

After heading south, Hughes stopped in Rogers, Arkansas, for refueling.

Later that day, he also stopped at Dyersburg Regional Airport, where he was warned about the challenging weather conditions.

After consulting the three musicians, he decided to continue eastward towards Nashville.

22 minutes after leaving Dyersburg, the aircraft crashed into a wooded area near Camden, Tennessee.

Crash site

Crash site

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The crash site is situated about 200 yards from the entrance.

A sign on the pathway asks visitors to remain silent out of respect.

Once you reach the crash site, you'll see a large boulder with the following inscription:

"On this site. March 5th, 1963. Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes lost their lives in a plane crash. In loving memory. July 6th, 1966."

Nashville Banner

Nashville Banner

This gruesome description of the scene appeared in the Nashville Banner newspaper on March 6th, 1963.

Crash photo

Crash photo

Using various AI tools, we were able to enhance this photograph of the plane crash.

Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins

Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins

Musicians Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were also killed that day.

Randy Hughes

Randy Hughes

Although Cline's manager, Randy Hughes, had a private license, he was not experienced enough to fly in poor weather conditions.

When he flew into the clouds, he quickly lost his sense of direction.

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