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 mountain top nearly 50 years after the crash … that there were survivors,” Phillips said, “and how their lives were impacted, especially He will be one of the participants at a memorial service Tuesday in Wichita, marking the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. He did not, but one thing he found deeply touched him. In one of the worst tragedies of college sports history, a plane carrying WSU football players, athletic staff members and … In an annual ceremony of remembrance, a wreath is placed at Wichita State's Memorial The team was headed to Utah It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. Tramel: How 1970 Wichita State football plane crash survivors are making sure their teammates aren't forgotten • Don Christian, defensive back, Duncan High School. While the aircraft were refueled and serviced in Denver, First Officer Skipper purchased aeronautical sectional charts for the contemplated scenic route. Wichita State survivors remember the significance of plane crash 49 years later. Survivors visit site of 1970 WSU football team plane crash. Wichita State University held a memorial service at Cessna Stadium on Friday honoring both the victims and survivors of a plane crash 50 years ago. Memorial '70. The report concluded the crew did not allow enough time for the charts to be studied properly to avoid high terrain before takeoff commenced. The pilot of the gold plane made a last-minute change, taking passengers on a more direct path over the Colorado Rockies for a scenic view. Rick Stephens, then a 22-year old offensive guard, had gone forward in the plane to ask the pilots about... Glenn Kostal. Phillips, a partner at the Wichita architectural firm of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, Nicknamed after the school colors, a “gold” plane carried the team’s starters and prominent community members and secondary players and other staff flew on the “black” plane. 57:54. Wichita State University 18,896 views. Within a couple weeks, the two were taken to live with family. One of the most surprising things to come from the plane crash was the team’s motivation to move forward. The crash not only took young lives of the players on board. By Robert Sanchez • 5280 October 2010 “I wanted "He gave it to me, and I was going through boxes a while later and found that I actually had the pair. Both airplanes refueled at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. “I didn't handle it well,” Putt said. Classes were canceled for Monday, October 5, and a memorial service was held that evening at the university stadium. The names of the members of the team who flew on the "Black plane" complete the upright Nearly 40,000 fans gave surviving players a standing ovation. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. In 1960, a plane crash in Toledo, Ohio, killed 22 persons including 16 members of the California State Polytechnic College team. The plane was too low to gain enough altitude or turn around to safety. Abigail Wilson . Glenn Kostal, then a 20-year old linebacker from Chicago, remembers the day well. '70 at 9 a.m. each Oct. 2. to finish the whole story.”. • Johnny Duren, wide receiver, John Marshall High School. Sept. 28, 2020 - A new sculpture recognizes the survivors of the crash at Memorial '70 at Wichita State University. “It was such a special thing that he kept it all these years and wanted to give it to me. Afterward, Arkansas players ran mid-field and exchanged hugs with the Shockers. Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus - Duration: 2:07. “It’s important that we recognize (the survivors), particularly, because it’s been It was a big moment, as he had kept his pain hidden for so long. On this day in 1970, the Wichita State football team packed up for a game against Utah State. Both the “Black” and the “Gold” planes completed the first leg of the trip successfully and landed in Denver, Colorado to refuel. He writes about applied learning and covers Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor | October 3, 2019. On Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State lineman Mal Kimmel boarded a plane with his teammates for their game against Utah State. room. But it's been a constant my whole life.”. This year's ceremony will take place at Cessna Stadium. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. “I don't really know. The … A helmet and cleat lie on the ground as a rescue worker sifts through the wreckage of the Wichita State plane near Silver Plume, Colo., on Oct. 2, 1970. Because they were there. They survived the Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State football plane crash only to endure the hardship and suffering of its aftermath. They never arrived. Wichita community members gathered at the Football Memorial ’70 to attend the annual ceremony in remembrance of the Wichita plane crash in 1970. Winterbone was 10 and her brother John was 15 at the time. working for 17 years at The Wichita Eagle. Pilot errors, including poor in-flight decisions and inadequate pre-flight planning, were officially reported as leading to the crash. Remembering the 31 Every year on Oct. 2, Wichita State University remembers the victims of the 1970 plane crash in Colorado, a tragedy that took the lives of 31 people on the trip to a football game in Utah the next day. Phillips transferred to Wichita State in 1971 Elizabeth Winterbone lost her parents, dad and head football coach Ben Wilson and her mother Helen. The Wichita State plane crash is often forgotten and overshadowed because of a similar accident that happened just 43 days later. It was a blowout. Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 after The annual Memorial '70 observance takes place on Friday, Oct. 2, for the 50th anniversary Though he was deeply changed by the crash, Putt continued to help others in emergencies like this. A sculpture recognizes the survivors of the 1970 plane crash, and the names of the A few years back, she was surprised by a coach who worked with her dad. According to WSU, one alumnus and survivor of the plane crash, Rick Stephens, has gone up to the site a few times, leading a bike ride fundraiser from Wichita State … Fourteen members of Wichita State's … to the upright monument that represents the "Black plane.". It was a horrible sight. For information, go to wichita.edu/covid. The names of teammates who landed safely in Utah that day are a fitting each other heal through the survivor’s guilt and pain. Arkansas plowed through the field for 62 points, but the score did not matter. What they’d discover would haunt them for the rest of their lives. “I was reflecting on it and thinking, you just don't know how you're gonna get through the next day. And so to get to go up to the site with the players for that anniversary was…they didn't need to bring me along, but they did.”. Melissa Hasty, Director of Campus Ministry, reads the prayer at WSU’s Football Memorial ’70. at that time, I couldn’t recall all the survivors’ names,” Phillips said. That is where the two planes took two vastly different paths into history leading to the Wichita State Crash. About 10 years ago, players had contacted him saying they were returning to the crash site. They wanted him to come along. The names of teammates who landed safely in Utah that day are a fitting addition to the existing upright Memorial ’70 monument. Just west of Denver, the gold plane faced trouble early that afternoon. Forty years ago, a plane slammed into the Rocky Mountains and killed 31 people. It made us made me in Arkansas fan for life.”. The little-known memorial stands as a tribute to the 31 people who died when a plane carrying members of the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State … Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who Because the plane was full of fuel, it exploded not long after. Wichita State athletics through his GoShockers.com blog, The Roundhouse. It's been 50 years since 31 people died when an airplane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970 The idea started in 2010, after Randy Phillips visited Randy Jackson in his hospital “It was an emotional experience all the way around for us and for them. • Randy Kiesau, defensive back, Clinton High School. A memorial to Wichita State University football player John Taylor lies among the remains of the tragic plane clash Oct. 2, 1970, near the Loveland Ski Area that killed 31 people. On October 2nd, 1970, two planes departed from Wichita, Kansas carrying the Wichita State football team players, coaches, staff, and boosters. It's here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. of the plane that broke open and allowed room for some people to escape. The story, told for years by the Memorial ’70 monument near the 18th Street and Hillside Wichita gave the Razorbacks a plaque to recognize their support and brotherhood. He eventually became a first responder, serving as a firefighter and paramedic for decades. @KAKEnews #WichitaState #Memorial70 pic.twitter.com/z6CDfiS4sm, Today marks 50 years since the WSU plane crash near Silver Plume, CO. Coming up on #KAKENews, we’ll bring you the story of a local who remembers the day well. So Rusty Featherstone was a survivor when the first plane crashed in Colorado, killing 31 passengers players, the head coach and athletic director and their wives, and guests. the job and profession in such a short time. Moore contacted On Oct. 24, 1970, the Shockers faced off against the Razorbacks. The monument that lists the 31 names of those who died is unchanged. Of the 40 people on board, 29 died at the scene. Bob Renner Rick Stephens. alive by telling the story, visiting the crash site on Mount Trelease and helping After the trip up the mountain with the football players, Putt sought counseling. Jason Ridder. State for a game the next day. According to WSU, one alumnus and survivor of the plane crash, Rick Stephens, has gone up to the site a few times, leading a bike ride fundraiser from Wichita State … around Memorial ’70 is also part of the new look. people who flew safely on the "Black plane" are an addition to the existing upright “This is simple, and it tells the story,” Moore said. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. Funded by around $25,000 in private donations, the additions recognize the burdens It took the lives of 29 people then, and two others died later that month. Morgan Anderson . Memorial ceremonies take place on October 2nd every year at Wichita State. It crashed into a mountain near Silver Plume. Memorial '70 sculpture. The charred wreckage of N464M lies on a Colorado mountainside some hours after the crash. Ed Plopa, another team member that was on the plane that landed safely, said the annual gathering is an important opportunity to connect with others who were affected by the deadly crash. entrance to campus, now feels complete. Crash survivor remembers Wichita State's saddest day Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports On Oct. 2%2C 1970%2C a plane crash took the lives of 31 people%2C inlcuding 14 Wichita State … A sculpture recognizes the survivors of the 1970 plane crash, and the names of the people who flew safely on the "Black plane" are an addition to the existing upright Memorial '70 sculpture. Although Wichita State no longer plays football, teammates and survivors from the crash refuse to let the memories of the program's darkest day disappear. He writes about applied learning and covers Now, an addition to a memorial on WSU's campus honors the survivors of that crash. (a pilot also survived). Getting that invitation meant the world to him. Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 after since they lived when so many didn’t. Winterbone said she didn’t always go to them, especially when she lived in other parts of the country. “When I made a few steps, picked up a wallet that had the picture of a family, large family. Yet, she’s been going to them in recent years. It also impacted so many little ones here at home. the lives of the victims, their families, their friends and the University. This is the story of the crash, and what happened after. On Oct. 2%2C 1970%2C a plane crash took the lives of 31 people%2C inlcuding 14 Wichita State football players Senior guard Rick Stephens was one … I don't remember their voices,” she said. Fourteen members of Wichita State's 45-member squad died in the crash. It was then I just kind of got overtaken by fear. 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 “Yeah. Friends, family members and survivors gathered at Wichita State University for the 50th anniversary of a tragic event that shook the university community and the world of college sports. “We really wanted to be respectful of what this is about,” Phillips said. He came up to her and handed her a cufflink he’s had this whole time. Wichita State Football Team Plane Crash 1970 - Duration: 57:54. “Randy came to me and said we ought to be doing something for these guys,” Moore said. The desire to honor teammates by telling the story of the crash motivated Phillips, Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus - Duration: 2:07. It's like, wow, you know, I've done it. and supporters who died in a plane crash Oct. 2, 1970. Truly surreal being here at the wreckage where so many people tragically lost their lives on October 2nd 1970. Plane parts and personal belongings were thrown over a large part of Mount Trelease. A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. Wichita State University officials and family of the survivors were flown to Denver on a plane made available by the Governor of Kansas. Then, throughout the game, they continued to cheer on Wichita State. In one of the worst tragedies of college sports history, the WSU "Gold" plane, a Martin 404 carrying 34 passengers and a crew of four, crashed at approximately 3 p.m. on a mountain and the events that brought them together. The second plane, carrying 34 persons including 22 football players, landed safely in Logan an hour after the crash of its companion plane. I've survived through through it. addition to the existing upright Memorial ’70 monument. But as they wound their way between the peaks, disaster struck: the plane became boxed into an inescapable … Mission of remembrance. “It’s a crazy thing,” she said. He was a Boy Scout and had gone through emergency training with the Alpine Rescue Team. accounting major, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik intern. They had to make big change, though. The monument History of Memorial '70 In an annual ceremony of remembrance, a wreath is placed at Wichita State's Memorial '70 at 9 a.m. each October 2. A new sculpture recognizes the survivors of Wichita State University Football Team Plane Crashes in Clear Creek Canyon. Wichita State Football Team Plane Crash 1970 - Duration: 57:54. of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, designed the sculpture that features the survivors at The planes refueled in Denver before they went on their separate paths. It was like if you cut... Keith Morrison. At nightfall, six hours after the crash, the plane … The rescue squad sent to find survivors was comprised of 18 teenagers, Colorado boys with something to prove to themselves and to one another. to add to the Memorial ’70 monument. So to have you know, those clips, it's really it's a big deal.”. 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. 57:54. tough on them.”. Phillips and Moore worked with Ann Marie Siegwarth, director of development to play quarterback and help the program rebuild. “I had just left Randy Jackson’s hospital room as he was passing away and realized, for the WSU Foundation, on the approval and details of installation. Decades after a tragic plane crash took the lives of 31 people, families are still coping with their loss. The new monument is designed in the shape of the fuselage near the wing, the area (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. partner to us, and much of that support is the direct result of Ann Marie Siegwarth’s Wichita State University 18,896 views. I froze. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. Jackson, who died in July 2010 of pancreatic cancer, was one of the nine survivors medical attention for their injuries. It was such a vast change from the excitement they had for Shocker football games and hearing of their dad’s success. Glenn Kostal has three children and has been married for almost 35 years. It’s been half a century since Oct. 2, 1970. And then sadly, it's 50 years later. the crash. 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