Pacific Grove, California: John Denver Crash Site

On Oct. 12, 1997, the '70s songwriter/performer crashed into the sea while piloting a Rutan Long-EZ experimental plane low on fuel. A memorial boulder with a plaque is at the site of the tragedy.

John Denver Memorial

1275 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA
Ocean View at Asilomar Ave, about 2/3rds around shoreline turn out.
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John Denver memorial.

John Denver Crash Site

Small memorial off the coast where his plane crashed in 1997. Free and easily accessible.

[Clark W, 02/13/2020]

John Denver was flying a homemade plane, practicing solo landings and takeoffs at Monterey Peninsula Airport, and was just off shore when he ran out of fuel (the cockpit auxiliary tank switch was later determined to be too difficult to reach). The plane crashed, killing the popular music celebrity.

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