A Conversation for Famous Air Crash Victims - Part 3: Sportsmen
We Are Marshall
Bright Blue Shorts Started conversation Dec 22, 2006
Film due out in the States about the Marshall University American football program which lost almost its entire team in a plane crash in 1970.
We Are Marshall
Icy North Posted Jan 3, 2007
Hi Bright Blue Shorts
Thanks for that link - it sounds like a fascinating story, but it's probably unlikely to come to the UK - I'll keep an eye on the TV schedules after a year or so, just in case.
I found lots of examples of US sports teams involved in crashes - too many to include, so I just concentrated on the better known professional teams and national teams.
Others I found were:
Oct 29, 1960: The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football team lost 16 out of the 22 killed (out of 48) when their Arctic Pacific Curtiss C-46F-1-CU crashed on take-off at Toledo, Ohio.
Apr 28, 1968: all 6 members of the Lamar Tech Track Team and the pilot were killed when their Beechcraft 65 crashed near Beaumont, Texas and caught fire.
Oct 2, 1970: The Wichita State College football team's Golden Eagle pilot took a route through a mountain valley but couldn't escape and crashed at Silver Plume, Colorado. 32 of the 40 aboard were killed.
Dec 13, 1977: The Evansville, Indiana basketball team were among 29 killed when their Douglas DC-3 crashed on take-off in fog. The aileron and rudder remained locked during takeoff, apparently due to Improperly loaded luggage.
Nov 25, 1985: The Iowa State University women's cross-country team's Rockwell International 500-S crashed while attempting to land at Des Moines, Iowa, after possibly encountering wake turbulence from a B-727. (No casualty figures)
Jan 27, 2001 Two members and 6 staff from theOklahoma State University basketball team were among 10 killed when their Beech King Air 200 aircraft banked sharply to the right and crashed on a farm in light snow shortly after taking off from Jefferson County Airport.
And 10 people associated with the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team were killed in a plane crash in 2004 (but I don't have details)
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