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40 Years Ago: Southern Flight 932 Crashed In WV  
User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5392 times:

Meant to post this yesterday, but 40 years ago on Nov 14, 1970 Southern Airways flight 932 crashed short of the runway in Huntington, WV killing all on board. Marshall University lost its entire football team along with coaches, parents, an boosters. RIP.


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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2615 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5375 times:
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Yes. That was a mess. Very tragic.


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User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4267 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

WE ARE MARSHALL!

Great movie, even if a little fictionalized, but the crash itself was nothing short of horrendous and tragic. One of the worst sports tragedies ever involving aviation.



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 1):
Yes. That was a mess. Very tragic.

The team planned to cancel the DC-9 charter flight but decided to fly. Bad weather a factor in this accident.

Link to article about Southern 932 on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Airways_Flight_932

[Edited 2010-11-15 11:46:30]


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User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 3):
The team planned to cancel the DC-9 charter flight but decided to fly. Bad weather a factor in this accident.

I thought pilot error was a factor as well. Remember, SO never served HTS during their history. PI was the dominant carrier for years there, as well as in WV.



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User currently offlinerampguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

Another tragic plane crash happened on December 13, 1977 when the Univ of Evansville basketball team crashed shortly after take off from EVV headed to BNA. I believe there was one survivor but that he died in an auto accident just 2 weeks later.

User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4465 times:

Yes, a DC-3. The pilots had left the control gust locks in place.

I never heard the part about the survivor dying in a car crash. According to the Aviation Safety Network, there were no survivors.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19771213-0

[Edited 2010-11-16 00:27:00]

User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

SO932 was a pilot error crash. Descending below MDA on a non precision approach. The weather was at minimums, both pilots had never been at the airport they were landing at and they had out of date navigational charts. And the NTSB mentioned that the altimeters may have been off some too.

Personally, I think it was not so much pilot error as the fact that the pilots didn't have the things needed to make a successful approach to the airport.


User currently offlinerampguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 6):
I never heard the part about the survivor dying in a car crash. According to the Aviation Safety Network, there were no survivors.

There was at least 1 survivor and that he died in a auto accident 2 weeks later along with his brother. There is a memorial on the U of E campus that states this.


User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2328 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

Quoting rampguy (Reply 8):
There was at least 1 survivor and that he died in a auto accident 2 weeks later along with his brother.

According to the NTSB report linked in the ASN listing, there were no survivors. From a couple of articles that Google returned, either two or three people survived the initial crash, but died shortly after.



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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3830 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

Quoting rampguy (Reply 8):
Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 6):
I never heard the part about the survivor dying in a car crash. According to the Aviation Safety Network, there were no survivors.

There was at least 1 survivor and that he died in a auto accident 2 weeks later along with his brother. There is a memorial on the U of E campus that states this.

No, the one surviving member of that year's basketball team who was killed in a car accident two weeks later with his brother was never on the plane to begin with according to the wikipedia entry on Evansville Purple Aces

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That same year on December 13, a chartered DC-3 carrying the entire UE basketball team crashed in a field near the Evansville Regional Airport. Every member of the team and coaching staff on the plane was killed. One player was not able to attend the game and thus was not on the plane; not soon after the plane crash, however, the player who was not on the plane was killed in a car accident along with his younger brother. To remember that team, Memorial Plaza stands in the middle of campus between Olmsted Administration Hall and the site of the new University Center, crowned by a fountain with the names engraved. Additionally engraved is the following inscription: "Out of the agony of this hour we will rise."

LoneStarMike


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