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Marshall University Set to Remember Those Lost in Crash with Fountain Ceremony

1970 Marshall Team, Memorial
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The Marshall University community will recognize the 44th anniversary of the 1970 plane crash Friday at noon with the annual fountain ceremony.

Each year on the anniversary of the plane crash, November 14th, a ceremony is held around the memorial fountain in the middle of Marshall’s campus.

At each ceremony someone with ties to the crash speaks to the crowd gathered at the fountain about what the crash meant to their family and the Huntington area. This year Tom Shoebridge, the brother of Ted Shoebridge, the quarterback on the 1970 team will have the honor. Then the fountain is turned off.

The flight was returning from a game at East Carolina University carrying 36 players, nine coaches and athletic staff members, 25 fans and the jetliners crew of five. The plane clipped a tree 66 feet above the ground on a ridge just west of West Virginia Route 75 before going down. And after the fountain is turned off the names of the 75 people aboard the Southern Airways DC-9 flight are read.

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