Marshall University Memorial Fountain

1970 Marshall University Football Team
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On the night of November 14, 1970, a Southern Airways DC-9 approached a foggy and rainy Tri-State Airport in Wayne County. The airliner slammed into a hillside just short of the runway and burst into flames. All 75 passengers were killed.

On board were nearly the entire Marshall University football team along with the head coach, athletic director, and 36 other fans, coaches, announcers, and crew members. It is still the deadliest sports-related air disaster in U.S. history.

Marshall Remembers Those Lost in Crash

Nov 14, 2016
Marshall Memorial Fountain
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Family and community members crowded around the Marshall University Memorial Fountain Monday at noon on the Huntington campus. The ceremony was to mark the 46th anniversary of a plane crash that claimed the lives of football players, coaches and community members.

It’s a Marshall tradition each year on the day of the anniversary of the crash to hold a ceremony around the fountain to remember the lives lost.

Marshall University Memorial Fountain
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A former Marshall University football player whose teammates died in a plane crash will be the featured speaker at this year's memorial service.

The school says Dennis Foley, who wasn't on the flight due to an injury, will speak Monday at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

Marshall to Hold Annual Memorial Ceremony

Nov 13, 2015
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Each year the Marshall University Community gathers around the Memorial Fountain on the Marshall campus to remember those lost in the 1970 plane crash that killed the Marshall football team, staff and supporters.

The son of one of the dozens who died when a plane carrying the Marshall football team and staff crashed will speak at the annual memorial service.