Randy Rhoads, a twenty-five year-old guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne died on March 19, 1982. The young guitar wizzard had laid some legendary guitar licks and solos on Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman.
Rhoads had a fear of flying but was on a small aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, over Leesburg, Virginia. The pilot was Ozzy's tour bus driver Andrew Aycock, who had an expired pilot's license. Rachael Youngblood, Ozzy's cook, also died.
Aycock had, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, " piloted the 1955 single-engine aircraft from the nearby Flying Baron Estates after deciding to stay the night at plane owner Jerry Calhoun's home -- a Georgian-style mansion adjacent to the airstrip. Aycock, who lived nearby, was reportedly friends with Calhoun, a country singer. Osbourne, his manager and future wife Sharon, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Don Airey were asleep in an adjacent tour bus. Aycock made as many as three passes over the home, apparently in a joy-riding attempt to buzz over the other band members. On the final pass, the plane clipped the tour bus, spun out of control, hit a nearby pine tree and then nose dived into the house. The ensuing fireball killed all three passengers, who were left unrecognizable by the flames. Rhoads had to be identified by his jewelry."