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Marshall Plane Crash

  • Marshall University recently honored the 75 passengers and crew who were killed on Nov. 14, 1970 in a plane crash that is often termed the worst aviation-related sports disaster in American history. It included 36 members of the Thundering Herd football team.The National Transportation Safety Board found that the crash most likely happened because the crew couldn’t see the landing strip and began to descend closer to the runway than recommended.David Board dug into university records and the NTSB report to look for more answers. He wrote his analysis of the accident in the fall issue of GOLDENSEAL magazine.
  • On this West Virginia Morning, 50 years after the biggest disaster in college sports history, there are still unanswered questions. We hear analysis from an experienced aviator. Also, in this show, we share details about Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders announced on Friday.
  • On this West Virginia Morning, it’s Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 – the day before the 50th anniversary of the Marshall University football plane crash. We take a moment to remember one of the worst sports tragedies in college football history. Also, our Mountain Stage Song of the Week features Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
  • Fifty years ago, on November 14, 1970, a plane carrying 75 members of the Marshall University football team, boosters and community leaders crashed on approach to Huntington Tri-State airport, killing everyone on board.The crash changed the university as the students and faculty grieved. The accident also changed the city of Huntington, and the relationship between the university and the town as well.