"[4] Although occupying the left seat, he was acting in the capacity of a First Officer because he did not have a type rating on the Martin 4-0-4. 31 out of the 40 people on board were killed. Box 4: FF 19: Crash Notes - Schaible. Around 1 p.m., the chartered twin-engined propliner transporting the Wichita State University football team from Wichita, Kansas, crashed at the base of Mount Trelease, 8 … • Randy Kiesau, defensive back, Clinton High School. PHOTOS: 50 years after the Wichita State plane crash in 1970, remains still lie on the mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado. Wichita State Plane Wreck is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Plume, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. This might be the end of the official Wichita State commemorances. The designated "Black" plane transported the reserve players, assistant coaches, and other support personnel. That day, I cried. • Johnny Duren, wide receiver, John Marshall High School. [9], The President of Golden Eagle Aviation, Ronald G. Skipper (1936–2003),[10] was the pilot flying "Gold. [4] At 1:14 p.m. MDT, the "Gold" aircraft struck trees on the east slope of Mount Trelease, 1,600 feet (490 m) below its summit, and crashed. None may be as fascinating or sobering as the wreckage of the 1970 Wichita State University crash. He said that he would die young and would be a plane crash. Log in or subscribe to read and leave comments. It’s been 50 years since the Shockers flew out for Logan, Utah, and a game against Utah State. A Wichita State University flag hangs from a tree Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, above the crash site of the Martin 404 twin-engine plane that crashed into … Featherstone grew up with Duren. Family and friends remember the 31 people with the Wichita State football team who died 50 years ago in a plane crash in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. They noticed a phone. Forty-four years ago, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. Less scenic, this route allowed more time to gain altitude for the climb over the Rocky Mountains. A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. The charred wreckage of N464M lies on a Colorado mountainside some hours after the crash. “He was a chick magnet. Fifty years ago today — Oct. 2, 1970 — I walked into the student newspaper office at Utah State University expecting to be given media credentials for the first college Greg Hansen: Remembering the Wichita State plane crash, 50 years later | Greg Hansen | tucson.com Lewis was lying on the ground when he realized all his clothes were gone, shorn off by the trees. [citation needed], Of the total of 40 on board, the death count at the scene was 29, which included 27 passengers, the captain, and flight attendant. As the crow flies, the debris field is less 0.2 miles from I-70. On Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State lineman Mal Kimmel boarded a plane with his teammates for their game against Utah State. Christian sat two rows ahead of Lewis. Years later, Lewis would learn that teammate Mike Bruce, another survivor, pushed him through a hole to exit the hell of the crash. They never arrived. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Tramel: How 1970 Wichita State football plane crash survivors are making sure their teammates aren't forgotten, OU football: Sooners headed to Cotton Bowl to play Florida, Congress seals agreement on COVID relief, government funding. The Wichita State plane crash is often forgotten and overshadowed because of a similar accident that happened just 43 days later. Forty-three days after the Wichita State plane crash, the Marshall University football team plane crashed, returning from a game at East Carolina. He was a defensive end from Duncan and had NFL aspirations. On Friday October 2 in that year, at 1:14 p.m., a Martin 4-0-4 aircraft flown by Golden Eagle Aviation crashed into a mountain eight miles west of Silver Plume, Colorado. September 27, 2020, 4:00 AM Wichita Eagle photographer Travis Heying in August visited the Colorado site where a plane that carried members of the Wichita State football team crashed … “While we mourn those we lost that day, we also focus on those who survived the crash. “Randy and I played football at Clinton High School. Of the 40 on board, 31 died. All 75 people aboard died. Only eight players and the co-pilot survived the crash. Survivors, friends and family will convene at the Wichita Country Club to console and reminisce about the lives lost. They were bound for Logan, Utah, to play the Utah State University Aggies the following day. He was thrown onto a pile of mangled mess. The National Transportation Safety Board report states that weather played no role in the accident,[7] and lists the probable cause to be that the pilot made improper decisions in-flight or in planning: "The intentional operation of the aircraft over a mountain valley route at an altitude from which the aircraft could neither climb over the obstructing terrain ahead, nor execute a successful course reversal. “They got us off the plane and onto a bus and told us not to talk to anybody,” Yeros said. Each year on Oct. 2 at 9 a.m., a wreath is placed at this memorial. [5][15][16] The remaining members of the Wichita State team, with the NCAA and Missouri Valley Conference allowing freshman players to fill out the squad, decided to continue the 1970 season; it was later designated the "Second Season. HESSTON—Gary King played the role of a victim for a while after the Wichita State University plane crash that claimed his parents on Oct. 2, 1970. I don’t want ‘em to be forgotten.”. Today, traces of the tragic plane crash still remain on the mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado. Team '70, those Shockers call their fallen teammates. Not only were they just great young men, friendly to everyone, and amazing athletes, they also were too young to die while they had so much to offer.”. Let’s just try it,” Lewis said. “Guys we lost who didn’t get to live their lives. [6] "Gold", the aircraft that later crashed, carried the starting players, head coach, and athletic director, as well as their wives, other administrators, boosters, and family. But according to the NTSB, the accident could have easily been prevented if … It was one of two aircraft carrying the 1970 Wichita State Shockers football team to Logan, Utah, for a game against Utah State; the second aircraft flew a conventional route and arrived safely in Utah. Wichita State University built a memorial for those who died from the crash called Memorial '70. Lewis, wearing only a necktie and still in shock, tried to scoot down on his butt. Wichita State players remember their 'second season' 50 years later (8:03) Wichita State was devastated by a tragic plane crash 50 years ago. “He was a good guy. 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They know that at some point, the memorials and memories will burn only in their souls. [8], The two aircraft were dubbed "Gold" and "Black" after the school colors. That is where the two planes took two vastly different paths into history leading to the Wichita State Crash. Featherstone was on the plane that didn’t crash. There was never a cross word said between us.”. [6] The four-engined DC-6 was a large, powerful aircraft that could accommodate the entire team. On Oct. 2, 1970, two planes carrying Wichita State football players, fans, family members, and crew took off from the Denver airport to fly to the Utah State for an away game. “I stayed where I was,” Featherstone said. Every year on October 2 at 9 a.m., a wreath is placed at this memorial. Some are in poor health. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Another 14 were university staff members and football boosters. (John Putt) On the 2nd of October 1970, a chartered airliner carrying the Wichita State University football team took a detour to give the young players a close-up view of the Rocky Mountains. And beyond. “I look up there and think of them.”. Then he informed the rest of the players and coaches on the Black Plane of the Gold Plane crash. Today, a memorial below the crash site on Interstate 70 commemorates the tragedy, and the FAA has gone on to pass stricter regulations with each passing year. Wichita State plane crash survivor takes on a mission of remembrance The first time Rick Stephens descended Mount Trelease, near Silver Plume, Colorado, he faded in and out of consciousness. He started throwing up blood. A shirt for the Wichita State University Shockers football team sits on the hillside as part of the memorial as teammates, family members and friends visit the crash site … After takeoff in clear weather, the two aircraft took divergent paths away from Denver. Memorial '70: Survivors reflect on life after WSU plane crash - KAKE News Some have died. When the plane entered the canyon, and the Rocky Mountains suddenly loomed near, and the pilot started banking, desperately trying to buy time, Christian looked back at Lewis. Of the 40 on board, 31 died either in the crash or as a result of injuries sustained in it. The remnants of that Wichita State team have spent half a century honoring the memory of those who died. I noticed we were quite a bit below the top of the mountains. One of the deceased passengers was an off-duty flight attendant who was assisting. The memories of the 31 people who died in a plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970 — including 14 members of the football team, 14 staff and boosters, and three crew members — are honored every year at Wichita State’s Memorial ’70 observance, but survivors, friends and family choose to remember their loved ones by hiking up to the crash site located on a mountain west of Silver Plume, Colorado. Lewis’ leg was so badly damaged, his foot was hanging sideways. The “Gold” plane was carrying many of the team’s starters, Head Coach Ben Wilson, athletic director Bert Katzenmeyer, and additional personnel. National Honor Society member.”. Black & Gold: Remembering The WSU Plane Crash video by KPTS. [7] PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. One person was injured when a small plane crashed after taking off from a South Florida airport — the third crash the facility has seen in the last month, officials said. In clear and calm weather in Colorado at 1:14 p.m. MDT on Friday, October 2, 1970, a chartered Martin 4-0-4 airliner crashed into a mountain eight miles (13 km) west of Silver Plume. “Some of the greatest young men/athletes that ever came out of our state,” Featherstone said. Relatives of members of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team visit the crash site where an airplane carrying some of the players crashed near Loveland Pass Monday, July 27, 2020, west of Silver Plume, Colo. Wreckage from the plane, which was one of two being used to take the Shockers to play a football game against Utah State University in Logan, Utah, is still scattered on the … Commenting on NewsOK requires a NewsOK Pro or Oklahoman subscription. This is the story of the crash, and what happened after. But Featherstone has a particular mission. Teammates, family members and friends visit the crash site of an airplane carrying members of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team near … Every year on October 2 at 9 a.m., a wreath is placed at this memorial.[5]. A roadside memorial plaque listing the names of the victims is located near the Colorado crash site, adjacent to westbound Interstate 70, at Dry Gulch at milepost 217 (39°41′47″N 105°52′25″W / 39.6965°N 105.8736°W / 39.6965; -105.8736), about two miles (3 km) east of the Eisenhower Tunnel. Lewis and Donnie Christian were best friends in Duncan. They took off and headed west to a refueling stopover in Denver at Stapleton Airport; from there they would continue to Logan Airport in northern Utah. Wichita State constructed a memorial for those who died from the crash called Memorial ‘70. Wichita State Crash Survivor Relives Details - The Oklahoman Crash site an important memorial for 'Gold Plane' family - Clear Creek Courant Triumph and tragedy: Scotties grad Barkell starred at Wichita State, recalls plane crash - Herald-Standard Fifty years ago, tragedy struck the Wichita State football program. Lewis was on the gold plane. On Friday, October 2, 1970, a pair of Martin 404 twin-engine aircraft took off from Wichita, Kansas, carrying the Wichita State University (WSU) football team, coaches, and VIP supporters. • Tom Shedden, offensive tackle, Putnam City High School. Living A Miracle. “That was the last time I saw Johnny.”. [19] A trail to the wreck site via Dry Gulch is 0.4 miles past the memorial off exit 216. Photos are courtesy of WSU Alum, Greg Records. That decision proved to be deadly when one plane went down, taking the lives of 32 people on board, including members of the Wichita State University football team, coaches and boosters. Almost every day, Dave Lewis walks out onto his back deck, gingerly, because his left leg remains a medical textbook, after six surgeries and four total knee replacements. Over the years, hikers have left behind mementos and other paraphernalia at site of the Wichita State University 1970 plane crash. Fifty years since one of the planes took the traditional route from Denver after a fuel stop, and the other plane took a scenic route. Wichita State football is gone. She also asked a question. Lewis takes a list with him onto the deck. On October 2, 1970, these were ferried from the Jack Richards Aircraft Company facilities in Oklahoma City to Wichita, instead of the DC-6. When the aircrafts stopped for fueling in Denver, the players stretched their legs on the tarmac. A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. "[7][8], The USU president, vice president, provost, athletic director, and athletic information officer were all unavailable in the immediate aftermath of the crash, leaving the game to be canceled by John S. Flannery, a USU Information Services employee. Buttons bearing the names of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team who died in an airplane crash sit in a part of the fuselage of the craft as teammates, family members and friends visit the crash site near Loveland Pass on July 27, west of Silver Plume, Colo. [AP Photo/David... Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Wichita State University Football Team Plane Crashes in Clear Creek Canyon. The scenery stopped in the canyon of Mount Trelease, above where the Eisenhower Tunnel was being constructed around I-70, 60 miles west of Denver. A special time to donate to the Football ’70 Memorial Scholarship. “They are still greatly missed to this day. WSU Plane crash On 2 October 1970, a twin-engine plane carrying Wichita State University football players, staff and supporters crashed near Loveland Pass enroute to a game in Utah. This sent me back to the tragic day, 50 years ago, when Randy was killed. 50 years ago, WSU’s football team was flying through the Dry Gulch when the plane crashed into the side of a mountain on Oct. 2, 1970. “We Are Marshall.” Marshall football rebounded and has thrived. The s… So for 50 years, he’s remembered not just the names and faces, but the spirit that made those names and faces soar. Significant factors were the overloaded condition of the aircraft, the virtual absence of flight planning for the chosen route of flight from Denver to Logan, a lack of understanding on the part of the crew of the performance capabilities and limitations of the aircraft, and the lack of operational management to monitor and appropriately control the actions of the flightcrew. “We do so to remember and honor our friends and to renew our relationships with each other,” Featherstone said. Fifty years ago today — Oct. 2, 1970 — I walked into the student newspaper office at Utah State University expecting to be given media credentials for the first college Greg Hansen: Remembering the Wichita State plane crash, 50 years later | Greg Hansen | tucson.com The 1970 Wichita State football plane crash was one of the worst in Colorado aviation history. I got up to go to the cockpit, which wasn't unusual to do, and I could tell we were in trouble, looking out the window and seeing nothing but green in front of us. Morgan Anderson. She answered the phone, and her son explained what had happened. The plane crashed into a mountainside in Colorado, killing 31 people on board. A memorial service will be staged in Cessna Stadium, which has remained even though Wichita State dropped football in 1987. It crashed around 1 p.m. about 40 miles west of Denver on Mount Trelease. As Wichita State sophomores, both had made the starting lineup the week of the Utah State game. 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