The charred wreckage of N464M lies on a Colorado mountainside some hours after the crash. Wichita State University 18,896 views. They survived the Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State football plane crash only to endure the hardship and suffering of its aftermath. since they lived when so many didn’t. working for 17 years at The Wichita Eagle. addition to the existing upright Memorial ’70 monument. It was then I just kind of got overtaken by fear. 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. This was the 49th annual ceremony in honor of the lives lost during the plane crash. The team, split into two, boarded two Martin 404’s destined for Logan, Utah. of the plane that broke open and allowed room for some people to escape. 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. Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus - Duration: 2:07. The names of the members of the team who flew on the "Black plane" complete the upright It’s been half a century since Oct. 2, 1970. Rick Stephens, then a 22-year old offensive guard, had gone forward in the plane to ask the pilots about... Glenn Kostal. It's like, wow, you know, I've done it. They had to make big change, though. 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. Abigail Wilson . Phillips, a partner at the Wichita architectural firm of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, Rookie players joined the team, including freshmen, which wasn’t common back then. Decades after a tragic plane crash took the lives of 31 people, families are still coping with their loss. near Silver Plume, Colorado, while en route to Logan, Utah,  for a game with Utah Because they were there. 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 crash. In one of the worst tragedies of college sports history, a plane carrying WSU football players, athletic staff members and … It's here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. The game was canceled, and the Utah State football team held a memorial service at the stadium where the game was to have been played and placed a wreath on the 50-yard line. 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. “…just completed my connection to the community,” he said with shakiness in his voice. Nearly 40,000 fans gave surviving players a standing ovation. Thirty-one persons, including 14 Wichita State University players, were killed last Oct. 2 when their airliner crashed in the Colorado Rockies. Memorial '70 sculpture. Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus - Duration: 2:07. I froze. Twenty-nine persons died at the scene, while two others died later after receiving Of the 40 on board, 31 died. 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 … That is where the two planes took two vastly different paths into history leading to the Wichita State Crash. A sculpture recognizes the survivors of the 1970 plane crash, and the names of the It’s also here, a steep climb at 11,000 feet, that many have ventured. to add to the Memorial ’70 monument. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. (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. The s… Randy Phillips joined the Wichita State University football team in 1971, a year after the plane crash that killed 14 players and 17 other people. Memorial ceremonies take place on October 2nd every year at Wichita State. John Putt was just 12 years old when he tried to help after the crash. He will be one of the participants at a memorial service Tuesday in Wichita, marking the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. Wichita State University Football Team Plane Crashes in Clear Creek Canyon. of the crash. The monument It was a horrible sight. Truly surreal being here at the wreckage where so many people tragically lost their lives on October 2nd 1970. Bob Renner Rick Stephens. Rhatigan said players have vowed to stay positive and do anything to keep the memory of their friends alive. Nine players survived along with the co-pilot and the team trainer. Amid her scrapbooks, original WSU football helmet and jersey, there is one thing Winterbone wishes she had: the memory of how her parents sounded. unfailing support and promise to keep this a simple team effort.”. But it's been a constant my whole life.”. 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. “It’s important that we recognize (the survivors), particularly, because it’s been For the longest time, Putt thought nobody made it out alive. “One of the main reasons we did what we did was so the future generations would know monument that signifies the plane that landed safely in Logan, Utah. A new sculpture recognizes the survivors of Tramel: How 1970 Wichita State football plane crash survivors are making sure their teammates aren't forgotten • Don Christian, defensive back, Duncan High School. Published: Oct. 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM CDT. 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 … This is the story of the crash, and what happened after. 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 '70 at 9 a.m. each Oct. 2. Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor | October 3, 2019. tough on them.”. Wichita State survivors remember the significance of plane crash 49 years later. for the WSU Foundation, on the approval and details of installation. But as they wound their way between the peaks, disaster struck: the plane became boxed into an inescapable … “I was stunned that anybody had survived,” he said. Pilot errors, including poor in-flight decisions and inadequate pre-flight planning, were officially reported as leading to the crash. This time of remembrance is to acknowledge the changes that the plane crash made in Of the 40 people on board, 29 died at the scene. It was such a vast change from the excitement they had for Shocker football games and hearing of their dad’s success. many of the families of the deceased to make sure they approved of the additions. boosters, and three crew members – who died as a result. A plane carrying members of the WSU football team crashed in the Colorado mountains on October 2nd, 1970, killing 31 players, coaches and supporters and crew members. Fourteen members of Wichita State's … medical attention for their injuries. “It’s a crazy thing,” she said. The names of teammates who landed safely in Utah that day are a fitting “It was such a special thing that he kept it all these years and wanted to give it to me. This year's ceremony will take place at Cessna Stadium. Wichita State University 18,896 views. Winterbone said she didn’t always go to them, especially when she lived in other parts of the country. 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. WSU Plane Crash Survivor Embarks On A Journey To Honor His Fallen Teammates. 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. While the aircraft were refueled and serviced in Denver, First Officer Skipper purchased aeronautical sectional charts for the contemplated scenic route. 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. He eventually became a first responder, serving as a firefighter and paramedic for decades. Bruce Gerleman looked out the window of his plane. the lives of the victims, their families, their friends and the University. Survivors visit site of 1970 WSU football team plane 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. Sept. 28, 2020 - A new sculpture recognizes the survivors of the crash at Memorial '70 at Wichita State University. For information, go to wichita.edu/covid. “It’s been a great team effort,” Phillips said. The school had to get special permission to get those younger students on the roster. 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 … It made us made me in Arkansas fan for life.”. Yet, she’s been going to them in recent years. features the names of the eight Shockers who survived the crash of the "Gold plane" entrance to campus, now feels complete. The visit also highlighted lost memories from the 1970 plane crash in Colorado. Wichita State University officials and family of the survivors were flown to Denver on a plane made available by the Governor of Kansas. I don't remember their voices,” she said. After the trip up the mountain with the football players, Putt sought counseling. pic.twitter.com/7HnhYWRcOe. One of the most surprising things to come from the plane crash was the team’s motivation to move forward. The loss has certainly influenced their lives, but Winterbone said she’s grateful for the support that has come her way — especially after moving back to Wichita as an adult. “About halfway up the the elements of the crash really started coming into focus,” he said. 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.”. On this day in 1970, the Wichita State football team packed up for a game against Utah State. Of the 40 on board, 31 died, including 14 players along with coaches, boosters, administrators, trainers and three crew members. Though he was deeply changed by the crash, Putt continued to help others in emergencies like this. and the events that brought them together. Moore contacted 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 Wichita community members gathered at the Football Memorial ’70 to attend the annual ceremony in remembrance of the Wichita plane crash in 1970. Wichita gave the Razorbacks a plaque to recognize their support and brotherhood. the job and profession in such a short time. They were bound for Logan, Utah, to play the Utah State University Aggies the following day. Memorial '70. Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who of the crash. What they’d discover would haunt them for the rest of their lives. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators It's here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. And then sadly, it's 50 years later. 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 … “This is simple, and it tells the story,” Moore said. He recalls his teammates admiring the construction activity near the Eisenhower Tunnel before the plane made a rapid plunge. of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, designed the sculpture that features the survivors at The Wichita State plane crash is often forgotten and overshadowed because of a similar accident that happened just 43 days later. On October 2nd, 1970, two planes departed from Wichita, Kansas carrying the Wichita State football team players, coaches, staff, and boosters. Phillips and Bill Moore, a freshman on the 1970 team, started a fund-raising drive At 1:14 PM, the plane collided with Mount Trelease. • Randy Kiesau, defensive back, Clinton High School. It was like if you cut... Keith Morrison. 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. After takeoff … “Randy came to me and said we ought to be doing something for these guys,” Moore said. The names of the people who landed safely in Logan, Utah, were added By Robert Sanchez • 5280 October 2010 Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 after The National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) investigation report stated the First Officer testified that he intended to use the charts to help point out landmarks and objects of interest to the passengers. He did not, but one thing he found deeply touched him. Mission of remembrance. partner to us, and much of that support is the direct result of Ann Marie Siegwarth’s In an annual ceremony of remembrance, a wreath is placed at Wichita State's Memorial Both airplanes refueled at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. Wichita State Football Team Plane Crash 1970 - Duration: 57:54. Funded by around $25,000 in private donations, the additions recognize the burdens Glenn Kostal has three children and has been married for almost 35 years. Melissa Hasty, Director of Campus Ministry, reads the prayer at WSU’s Football Memorial ’70. Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who carried on without their fallen teammates and friends. “It was an emotional experience all the way around for us and for them. “We really wanted to be respectful of what this is about,” Phillips said. They returned to help as many as they could. Jason Ridder. The annual Memorial '70 observance takes place on Friday, Oct. 2, for the 50th anniversary On Oct. 24, 1970, the Shockers faced off against the Razorbacks. room. The student voted to keep playing in what later was dubbed it’s “second season.” Their first big game was an away game against Arkansas. The Crash. They never arrived. At nightfall, six hours after the crash, the plane … He said it’s helped him manage his grief. Now, an addition to a memorial on WSU's campus honors the survivors of that crash. The idea started in 2010, after Randy Phillips visited Randy Jackson in his hospital In all, 22 children lost at least one parent and 13 children were orphaned. Morgan Anderson . Wichita State athletics through his GoShockers.com blog, The Roundhouse. A few years back, she was surprised by a coach who worked with her dad. “I did for 40 years, I didn't realize anyone had survived. “I didn't feel so alone in the grief.”. Memorial '70: Part 1 - Remembering the WSU plane crash, Memorial '70: Part 2 - Crash Investigation, Memorial '70: Part 3 - Survivors' reflection. Both the “Black” and the “Gold” planes completed the first leg of the trip successfully and landed in Denver, Colorado to refuel. Within a couple weeks, the two were taken to live with family. “Went from the beautiful smells of pine forests to burning timber, burning jet fuel and everything else.”. Talking with Jackson brought back memories of Wichita State University football In 2016, players from both teams reunited back on the field where they played decades before. But there are seven men still alive who can. @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. “I wanted He writes about applied learning and covers Phillips transferred to Wichita State in 1971 “I had just left Randy Jackson’s hospital room as he was passing away and realized, alive by telling the story, visiting the crash site on Mount Trelease and helping Arkansas plowed through the field for 62 points, but the score did not matter. The report concluded the crew did not allow enough time for the charts to be studied properly to avoid high terrain before takeoff commenced. 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. The monument that lists the 31 names of those who died is unchanged. Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 after to the upright monument that represents the "Black plane.". It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. It was a blowout. Former Wichita State quarterback Randy Phillips, a partner at the architectural firm (a pilot also survived). 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. 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. A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. 57:54. The remaining Wichita team, with the NCAA and Missouri Valley Conferenceallo… It’s pretty amazing to put these two “Ben” cufflinks back together,” she said. The second plane, carrying 34 persons including 22 football players, landed safely in Logan an hour after the crash of its companion plane. carried on without their fallen teammates and friends. The crash not only took young lives of the players on board. “I was reflecting on it and thinking, you just don't know how you're gonna get through the next day. “This really wasn't a football game,” said Dr. Jim Rhatigan, former dean of student life. Some people managed to escape. Classes were canceled for Monday, October 5, and a memorial service was held that evening at the university stadium. The team was headed to Utah 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. He writes about applied learning and covers carried by the survivors and their teammates. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash Friday, October 2, 1970. By Anna Auld. They keep their memory 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 Afterward, Arkansas players ran mid-field and exchanged hugs with the Shockers. It was a big moment, as he had kept his pain hidden for so long. people who flew safely on the "Black plane" are an addition to the existing upright Phillips and Moore worked with Ann Marie Siegwarth, director of development 57:54. to finish the whole story.”. Plane parts and personal belongings were thrown over a large part of Mount Trelease. I really appreciated that.”. 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 … Updated landscaping Decades after a tragic plane crash took the lives of 31 people, families are still coping with their loss. 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. It crashed into a mountain near Silver Plume. “We get together a number of us get together and we decided long time where we have to live for those players who had a short life,” he said of what the former football players have told him through the years. Mike Bruce, the offensive tackle for Wichita State University, was the least injured of the group. 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. State for a game the next day. The new monument is designed in the shape of the fuselage near the wing, the area About 10 years ago, players had contacted him saying they were returning to the crash site. Forty years ago, a plane slammed into the Rocky Mountains and killed 31 people. It took the lives of 29 people then, and two others died later that month. at that time, I couldn’t recall all the survivors’ names,” Phillips said. The stories of the people affected by the crash and its aftermath serve as a tribute to all – teammates, friends and family. Two more who had survived the initial accident passed away later on due to the injuries sustained in the accident. The desire to honor teammates by telling the story of the crash motivated Phillips, Wichita State Football Team Plane Crash 1970 - Duration: 57:54. He came up to her and handed her a cufflink he’s had this whole time. "He gave it to me, and I was going through boxes a while later and found that I actually had the pair. 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. “The university has been a wonderful designed the sculpture that features the survivors, with help from graphic designer Jackson, who died in July 2010 of pancreatic cancer, was one of the nine survivors His team was hoping to find any possible survivors. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. The Wichita State plane crash was his first big mission. The Memorial ’70 monument honors the 31 people – 14 student-athletes, 14 staff and The plane was too low to gain enough altitude or turn around to safety. Most, if not all, suffered greatly in silence.”. The rescue squad sent to find survivors was comprised of 18 teenagers, Colorado boys with something to prove to themselves and to one another. “Yeah. Because the plane was full of fuel, it exploded not long after. “One of the main reasons we did what we did, was so the future generations would know that there were survivors,” architect Randy Phillips said. “I don't really know. After the crash had occurred, Bruce hustled down the mountain, hoping to get aid, and ran into a tunnel construction crew. Winterbone was 10 and her brother John was 15 at the time. working for 17 years at The Wichita Eagle. • Johnny Duren, wide receiver, John Marshall High School. to play quarterback and help the program rebuild. each other heal through the survivor’s guilt and pain. Rick Stephens is 72 now. The story, told for years by the Memorial ’70 monument near the 18th Street and Hillside 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 standing ovation, Sports Editor | October 3, 2019 gon na get through the day! 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