Tributes pour in on 50th anniversary of Marshall plane crash
The Marshall football team is 6-0 heading into Saturday’s game with Middle Tennessee State. The Thundering Herd will be playing with tremendous emotion as the game is on the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that saw 75 players, coaches and fans die.
Southern Airways Flight 932 was a chartered Southern Airways Douglas DC-9 domestic United States commercial jet flight from Stallings Field (ISO) in Kinston, North Carolina, to Huntington Tri-State Airport/Milton J. Ferguson Field (HTS) near Kenova and Ceredo, West Virginia. At 7:36 pm on November 14, 1970, the aircraft crashed into a hill just short of the Tri-State Airport, killing all 75 people on board in what has been recognized as “the worst sports-related air tragedy in U.S. history”. The plane was carrying 37 members of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, eight members of the coaching staff, 25 boosters, and two pilots, two flight attendants, and a charter coordinator. The team was returning home after a 17–14 loss to the East Carolina Pirates at Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina