Kenova, WV Marshall University Football Team Airplane Crash, Nov 1970
In the predawn hours, a procession of National Guard trucks rumbled down a muddy road in a drizzling rain carrying the victims to the makeshift morgue at the National Guard Armory at the Airport.
The circumstances of the Wichita State and Marshall University crashes were different.
The Wichita State crash involved an aging propeller plane, owned by one company with a crew provided by another company.
The FAA has accused the company which provided the crew of operating an aircraft weighing more that the 12,500 pounds of its certificate, but company officials claimed they were not operating the plane, simply providing the crew. The FAA has revoked the certification of the company that provided the crew and fined the owner of the plane.
The NTSB said there was no mechanical failure involved in the Wichita State crash and has said a further report will be filed later.
Southern Airways, a regional carrier which has regularly scheduled flights in 13 states in addition to charters, provided both the plane and the crew for the Marshall flight.
The DC9 was making a normally routine approach when it hit the trees and crashed.
'This Town Died Today'
Huntington in Mourning With Marshall Students
By Craig Ammerman
HUNTINGTON -- (AP) -- "This town died today." With that cry, a nurse at Huntington Hospital reflected the grief at Marshall University and its home city after Saturday night's crash of a Southern Airways chartered DC9 carrying the school's football team and others.
Among those on the plane, in addition to the players, coaching staff and boosters, were three prominent physicians and their wives, a newly elected state legislator who also was one of Huntington's wealthiest men, a past president of Marshall's alumni association, a city councilman, two past presidents of the Marshall athletic boosters club, an industrialist and the sports director of a local television station.
In all, there were 75 dead, and a school of 8,500, and a city of 73,000 went into mourning.
At midnight, about 400 students and citizens joined hands in a campus memorial service, opened with the singing of an African hymn, "Kumbaya."
Most wept openly. Some fell to their knees as they sang.
"Someone's singing Lord, Kumbaya ... Someone's hurting Lord, Kumbaya ... Someone's praying Lord, Kumbaya."
Another memorial service was scheduled for Sunday night.
Friends had to carry young MRS. ROGER CHILDERS from a Huntington hospital, where she had gone "hoping for a miracle."
CHILDERS had been a Marshall linebacker, but suffered a head injury. He successfully underwent dangerous brain surgery during the summer and while recovering, was serving as student team manager, hoping to join the playing team again someday. He and his wife were married last week.
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