(11-14-20) Fifty years ago today one of the most tragic airplane accident that claimed and entire College football program…Marshall University.
75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans who took off from Kinston, N.C., after a 17-14 loss to East Carolina University in Greenville.
Flight 932, a chartered twin-engine, 95-seat Southern Airways DC-9, had a crew of five, a pilot, a first officer, two stewardesses and a charter coordinator, it departed Kinston at 6:38 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970, for an expected 52-minute fight.
The crew established contact with controllers at Tri-State Airport at 7:23 p.m., announcing that they were descending to 5,000 feet. The controller advised them of rain, fog, smoke and a ragged ceiling. At 7:34, as the plane approached Tri-State from the West, its crew reported passing the airport’s outer marker and a controller cleared them to land. The crew requested a “step three” while discussing approach lighting — flyers’ jargon for medium intensity.
“Roger, that’s where they are, with the rabbit (sequence flasher),” the controller answered. “Advise when you want them cut.”
“Very good,” the crew answered.
Those were the last words anyone heard from the plane.
Fifty years later the pain still lingerts with many who remember that sad day and the tragic loss of the Thundering Herd. Marshall still plays football, but they will always remember –