All 70 passengers and crew of five aboard a jet airline chartered to a college football team were killed in West Virginia, U.
SV Upturned fuselage section
MV Section of fuselage
SV Smouldering debris (2 shots)
GV Rescue workers
MV Fames in debris
SV Rescue workers
GV Smouldering remains of aircraft
MV Interviewer with David Bird (a student equipment manger)
CU Two men
CU Bird speaking
SV NIGHT EXTERIOR...bodies carried by rescue men (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 12: BIRD: " We usually take the equipment down in the truck. Usually the planes don't hold that many but this time they got one big enough but they just decided to take the equipment down in truck. Like we usually do."
REPORTER: " When did you hear about it?".
BIRD: " About half an hour after it happened. On the radio. We were listening to a ball game when they interrupted the ball game to tell us. The announcement on the radio."
REPORTER: "You were driving back?"
BIRD: " Yes."
REPORTER: "I imagine this is going to be a terrible shock to the school. What could this do to the whole school?"
BIRD: "I'm not too sure, I just don't believe it."
REPORTER: "You've been pretty close to these guys. What can you tell us about them?"
BIRD: " Well, they are a nice....great bunch of guys. Some really fine athletes. A team. "
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Background: 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.