An Analysis Of What Went Wrong In The Marshall Plane Crash


On this West Virginia Morning, 50 years after the biggest disaster in college sports history, there are still unanswered questions. We hear analysis from an experienced aviator. Also, in this show, we share details about Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders announced on Friday.

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Over the weekend, Marshall University honored the 75 passengers and crew who were killed on November 14, 1970. It included 36 members of the football team. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the crash most likely happened because the crew couldn’t see the landing strip and began to descend closer to the runway than recommended.

With more than 50 years of experience in the aviation field, David Board dug into University records and the report to look for more answers. He shared his findings with Eric Douglas.

Marshall University also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the disaster during the football game Sunday. The Thundering Herd wore special black uniforms and the No. 75 on their football helmets to honor those who were lost.

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