Kenova, WV Marshall University Football Team Airplane Crash, Nov 1970
The crash came within a week of the windup of the first death free year for the nation's regular airlines in the jet era.
The year will be up Thursday, and although the chartered jet crash will not change the zero death toll for the regularly scheduled flights by airlines in this country, officials did cancel plans to mark the anniversary. Southern is a regularly scheduled carrier, in addition to a charter line.
The last previous crash involving fatalities aboard a regularly scheduled airlines was a Mohawk propeller plane accident at Glen Falls, N. Y. on Nov. 19, 1969.
The Marshall tragedy was the first jet disaster since the 82 death collision in the air of a small plane and an Allegheny DC9 landing at Indianapolis, Ind., 14 months ago.
This was the second air crash in less than two months involving a traveling football team. Last Oct. 2, a rented prop plane carrying a portion of the Wichita State football team crashed in the Colorado Rockies west of Denver, killing 32 persons, including 14 players.
On the Marshall campus, school officials continued to offer help to relatives of crash victims and to begin charting a new course for Marshall athletics.
Acting President DONALD N. DEDMON said the crash had "wiped us out."
He named WILLIAM "RED" DAWSON acting football coach and said the school would again play the sport, although he announced cancellation of Marshall's final game this season, scheduled Saturday against Ohio University.
The few surviving players had met with Marshall's freshman team and voted to play the game Saturday, but DEDMON said that "would not be possible under the circumstances."
The Charleston Gazette West Virginia 1970-11-17