Stevie Ray Vaughan – Helicopter Crash Site
Alpine Valley Resort, East Troy, WI.
On Sunday, August 26, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan performed at the Alpine Valley Amphitheatre at the Alpine Valley Resort in East Troy, Wisconsin. Also on the show was Eric Clapton. After the concert, four helicopters were waiting to transport the performers to Chicago. Peter Jackson, Eric Clapton’s tour manager informed Vaughan that three seats were reserved for himself, Stevie’s brother Jimmie and his wife Connie. However, upon arrival at the helicopter, they discovered that three members of Clapton’s entourage had taken their seats. Vaughan, wanting to get back to Chicago, asked Jimmie and Connie if he could take the last seat in the helicopter. They obliged. Around 1:00 am on the 27th, the helicopters took off in dense fog at two-minute intervals at the Alpine Valley golf course. It banked sharply to the left and crashed into the side of a 300-foot-high ski slope, about .6 miles from takeoff. Everyone on board was killed instantly. Bodies and debris was scattered over 200 feet. Nobody was aware of the crash until the helicopter failed to reach it’s destination the next morning. The pilot, Jeff Brown, simply did not see the hill and flew full speed into it. Vaughan was just 35 years old.