All 70 passengers and crew of five aboard a jet airline chartered to a college football team were killed in West Virginia, U.
All 70 passengers and crew of five aboard a jet airline chartered to a college football team were killed in West Virginia, U.S.A. on Saturday night ( 14 November, 1970), when the aircraft crashed and burst into flames as it came in to land.
Police said the aircraft, returning the Marshall University football team to Huntington airport after a game in North Carolina, crashed into a hillside 10 from the airport.
Thirty seven of the dead were member of the team. The other were crew, coaches, and other people connected with the team. The owners of aircraft, Southern Airways of Atlanta, Georgia, could offer no explanation for the cause of the crash. Rain and fog surrounded the airport at the time of the crash, said airport officials. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to burst some trees, scatter debris over a highway, hit some more trees and finally crash into a hillside, flipping over backwards and bursting into flames. The flames hampered rescue workers, preventing them from approaching the aircraft until the fires died down.
Another aviation official said the aircraft had been making a "had weather landing" when it disappeared off the radar screens.
The bodies recovered from the wreckage were taken in National Guard trucks, hearses and ambulances to a temporary morgue at the airport for identification. it was the first fatal accident in the airline's 21-year history. The aircraft's flight recorder, and on-board tapes of Washington for identification.
Earlier in they day, the team lost a game to East Carolina.