Marshall Plane Crash kills 75

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:15 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 14, 1970

Marshall University's football team suffers one of America's greatest sports tragedies. Returning to Huntington, West Va., after a 17-14 loss to East Carolina, the Thundering Herd's charter crashes on its approach to the runway at the Tri-State Airport in the Appalachian Mountains.

All 75 aboard, including 70 passengers, are killed. Among the dead are 37 players and five coaches, with boosters making up the majority of the remaining passengers.

Eyewitnesses report the DC-9 struck the top of a hill, skidded down into a valley and exploded.

A memorial service commemorating the disaster will be held every year at Marshall.