Wichita State’s crash evokes moving memories 50 years later, remembrance ceremony

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SILVER PLUME, Colo. (KSNW) — Fifty years ago on Oct. 2, 1970, 31 people died when an airplane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado en route to a game at Utah State.

Among those who perished were 14 players along with coaches, boosters, administrators, trainers, and three crew members.

The school will hold a remembrance at Cessna Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.  The audience will be seated on the west side of the stadium.

It’s where the Shockers played until the football program was disbanded for cost-cutting reasons in 1986. Many touched by the tragedy will be there.

The ceremony is open to the public. Attendees may visit the memorial near 18th and Hillside at their leisure.

The university said that face coverings and social distancing, when possible, are expected.

For those who cannot attend in person, the ceremony will be available by livestream above and later on-demand on the Wichita State University YouTube channel.

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