Well-wishers bid goodbye to the 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans. It was the last time they would see them alive.
The cockpit voice recorder, although having been substantially damaged externally as a result of impact forces, yielded a satisfactory tape, the communications on which are summarized in the attached transcription.
HUNTINGTON -- Thirty years later, Damon Slone cries easily and without shame when he recalls the Marshall University plane crash that killed most members of the Thundering Herd football team.
HUNTINGTON -- Remember 1970? In one way, the Marshall University plane crash didn't happen that long ago. But maybe it just seems so, because devastating tragedies burn themselves into our memories and anniversary observances keep them ever before us.
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On Nov. 14, 1970, a plane carrying 75 people including Marshall's football team, coaches, staff, community members and flight crew crashed near the Huntington Tri-State Airport on a return trip following the Thundering Herd's game against East Carolina. All on board were killed.
A chartered jet airliner carrying the Marshall University football team, coaches and a number of prominent Huntington residents crashed in flames on its approach to Tri-State Airport Saturday evening.