[7], Shortly before the crash, several witnesses described seeing an aircraft flying unusually low towards the Continental Divide. On October 2, 1970, these were ferried from the Jack Richards Aircraft Company facilities in Oklahoma City to Wichita, instead of the DC-6. Lewis takes a list with him onto the deck. Some of the survivors started down the mountain, seeking help. 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. 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 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. Featherstone grew up with Duren. • Don Christian, defensive back, Duncan High School. A dazed Hoheisel and a few of his teammates were met on the mountain by a construction worker who was helping build the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70, below the crash site. All 75 people aboard died. They were thrown with their seats. Nine people survived the crash. Many of the 1970 Shockers have traveled to the crash site over the years, making the difficult climb to shed tears, leave mementos, offer prayers. The “Gold” plane was carrying many of the team’s starters, Head Coach Ben Wilson, athletic director Bert Katzenmeyer, and additional personnel. Lewis was sitting in the back of the plane, having migrated there in hopes he might entice a flight attendant to sit by him. The remnants of that Wichita State team have spent half a century honoring the memory of those who died. Landing gear still remains on the mountain where the airplane went down. “We always thought the 50th would be the biggest” reunion, Featherstone said. • Johnny Duren, wide receiver, John Marshall High School. [4][7], While the aircraft were refueled and serviced in Denver, First Officer Skipper purchased aeronautical sectional charts for the contemplated scenic route. [5], It was one of two aircraft carrying the 1970 Wichita State Shockers football team to Logan, Utah, for a game against Utah State;[6] the second aircraft flew a conventional route and arrived safely in Utah. The group would never make it to Utah. Of the 31 people killed, 14 were Wichita State football players. But in this part of the country, those of us alive at the time well remember the somber news from Oct. 2, 1970. "[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. Buy Now. The 1970 Wichita State football plane crash was one of the worst in Colorado aviation history. Friends and family members of the victims of the plane crash that killed most of the Wichita State football team go over the crash site last July. 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 … (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 names of the 31 people who died in the 1970 Wichita State football plane crash are on a memorial on the western edge of the WSU campus, near Hillside Street. Featherstone spent 34 years in law enforcement but still breaks down when talking about his friends who never made it to Logan. As Wichita State sophomores, both had made the starting lineup the week of the Utah State game. 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 … They were dozen and tearful over loss of friends in Friday crash. They never arrived. 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 Decades after a tragic plane crash took the lives of 31 people, families are still coping with their loss. When Featherstone left John Marshall, Duren was a runt on the B team. Lewis’ leg was so badly damaged, his foot was hanging sideways. “They are still greatly missed to this day,” Featherstone said. Pilot errors, including poor in-flight decisions and inadequate pre-flight planning, were officially reported as leading to the crash. They will meet again Friday on the Wichita State campus, more than 30 strong, along with dozens of friends and family of victims and survivors. 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. Another 14 were university staff members and football boosters. Wichita State constructed a memorial for those who died from the crash called Memorial ‘70. 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. Forty-four years ago, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. Lewis and teammate Glenn Kostal were placed in a miner’s shack so they could lay down. “I look up there and think of them.”. Less scenic, this route allowed more time to gain altitude for the climb over the Rocky Mountains. He wants his home state to remember the four victims from Oklahoma. [7] Gary, 16, and his older sister, Mary Lynne, had to grow up in a hurry. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... But as they wound their way between the peaks, disaster struck: the plane became boxed into an inescapable … 50 Years After the Wichita State Crash . They know that at some point, the memorials and memories will burn only in their souls. Wichita State Plane Wreck. 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 … “He was a chick magnet. A memorial service will be staged in Cessna Stadium, which has remained even though Wichita State dropped football in 1987. The Marshall crash seemed to overshadow the Wichita State crash. “That was the last time I saw Johnny.”. Wichita State football is gone. Every year on October 2 at 9 a.m., a wreath is placed at this memorial. [14] The first officer (company president) survived; he was flying the plane from the left seat. Section of wing with landing gear still visible. “Donnie was the strongest guy I ever met,” Lewis said. [7], Upon arrival in Wichita, the two aircraft were loaded with luggage and the passengers were boarded. Instead, their memories are preserved through families, teammates, friends and the school. “Yesterday, you wrote an article on the Wichita State plane crash that killed 31 people. [7], About three months before the crash, Wichita State contracted Golden Eagle Aviation to supply a Douglas DC-6B, to fly the team to away games for the 1970 season. 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 might be the end of the official Wichita State commemorances. National Honor Society member.”. 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Of the 40 on board, 31 died. There was never a cross word said between us.”. 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. Crash. I noticed we were quite a bit below the top of the mountains. That day, I cried. [11] First to arrive at the crash scene were construction workers from the nearby Eisenhower Tunnel project and motorists on U.S. 6 (I-70). Morgan Anderson. Some witnesses located on higher mountainside locations, such as Loveland Pass at 11,990 feet (3,655 m), reported seeing it flying below them. But Featherstone was winning a hot and heavy game of spades; he wanted to see it through. On Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State lineman Mal Kimmel boarded a plane with his teammates for their game against Utah State. [8], The two aircraft were dubbed "Gold" and "Black" after the school colors. [6] After the agreements were made, the DC-6 was damaged and was unavailable for use. None may be as fascinating or sobering as the wreckage of the 1970 Wichita State University crash. 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. He was a defensive end from Duncan and had NFL aspirations. 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. Of the 40 on board, 31 died either in the crash or as a result of injuries sustained in it. Newspaper clippings, including The Sunflower, Wichita State News, and Midway, regarding the plane crash, the memorial, and follow-up stories on the victim’s families. It’s been 50 years since the Shockers flew out for Logan, Utah, and a game against Utah State. 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 … The Shockers traveled in two planes. Credit: Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images) Denver Post Denver Post PHOTOS: 50 years after the Wichita State plane crash in 1970, remains still lie on the mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado. Lewis, wearing only a necktie and still in shock, tried to scoot down on his butt. He started throwing up blood. “All four of these guys were great young men,” Featherstone said. [8] 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. [4][7] The load of fuel on board did not explode immediately, allowing survivors to escape the wreckage, but the passenger cabin was eventually consumed by an explosion before those still alive and trapped inside could escape. The NTSB report stated a belief that many on board survived the initial impact, based on the testimony of survivors and rescuers. He’ll gaze in the direction of I-70, which stretches west through 420 miles of Kansas, then to Denver. Golden Eagle Aviation did not own the DC-6, but had an arrangement with the Jack Richards Aircraft Company to use it. A plane carrying 26 student-athletes, athletic officials and some fans traveled to Logan, Utah for a game against Utah State. All the girls loved him. 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. I knew almost every one of those killed. Portrait of John Yeros near the site of a plane crash … 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. A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. [citation needed]. This sent me back to the tragic day, 50 years ago, when Randy was killed. Wichita State players remember their 'second season' 50 years later (8:03) Wichita State was devastated by a tragic plane crash 50 years ago. Lewis was on the gold plane. Raymond and Yvonne King left behind seven children, ranging in ages from 18 to 4. [5], Classes at Wichita State were canceled for Monday, October 5, and a memorial service was held that evening on campus at Cessna Stadium. And Featherstone specifically wants Oklahomans to remember four of the 31: Four Oklahomans among the 31 aboard an airplane that entered a Colorado canyon and never came out. Wichita State University built a memorial for those who died from the crash called Memorial '70. 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. Site of 1970 Wichita State plane crash. 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. Lewis doesn’t know how far he got before those miners found him. A memorial stands on the campus, and enhancements will be unveiled Friday. Could have been on Rusty Featherstone’s list. That is where the two planes took two vastly different paths into history leading to the Wichita State Crash. He said that he would die young and would be a 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. He was thrown onto a pile of mangled mess. Like everyone else, he was cut and burned. Entertainers Bill Cosby and Monty Hall hosted a fundraiser for the Wichita State athletic department after the crash. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at btramel@oklahoman.com. 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. The report concluded the crew did not allow enough time for the charts to be studied properly to avoid high terrain before takeoff commenced. Some are in poor health. Only eight players and the co-pilot survived the crash. Featherstone’s family eventually moved into the country, and he spent his final two seasons of high school at Edmond Memorial. Lewis’ mother turned hysterical, crying and yelling. 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. OCT 2 1970 OCT 4 1970 Surviving members of the Wichita State University football team arrive at Stapleton International Airport in Denver Saturday morning aboard a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah. [17] Wichita State discontinued varsity football after the 1986 season.[18]. 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 Teammates, family members and friends visit the crash site of an airplane carrying members of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team near … Lewis and Donnie Christian were best friends in Duncan. Both airplanes refueled at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. Each year on Oct. 2 at 9 a.m., a wreath is placed at this memorial. "[5], Wichita State and Utah State had played in five of the previous six seasons, but never met again in football. It crashed around 1 p.m. about 40 miles west of Denver on Mount Trelease. One of the caretakers of that history is John Yeros, a wide receiver who was on the reserve plane. The starters generally flew on the gold plane, but Featherstone mistakenly still was assigned to the black plane for the trip. John Yeros, back, chats with friends as they visit the crash site of an airplane carrying some members of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team near … “But of course, nobody planned on COVID.”. Black & Gold: Remembering The WSU Plane Crash video by KPTS. [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. Living A Miracle. Survivors, friends and family will convene at the Wichita Country Club to console and reminisce about the lives lost. You can also view his personality page at oklahoman.com/berrytramel. Now as a news anchor, KDVR and KWGN in Denver, Hubbard recently published a documentary called “Overshadowed: The Wichita State Football Plane Crash”.. Hubbard said he didn’t know much about the crash besides the memorial on campus and became fascinated as he got further on into the … “Some of the greatest young men/athletes that ever came out of our state,” Featherstone said. Let’s just try it,” Lewis said. 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.”. Fifty years ago, tragedy struck the Wichita State football program. “I honor their memory every day,” Lewis said. 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. "[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. Of the 40 on board, 31 died. She answered the phone, and her son explained what had happened. David Zalubowski/AP A likeness of the football helmet for the Wichita State Shockers, circa 1970, is draped by a cap as teammates, family members and friends visit the crash site … 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. Fifty years after his grandfather was killed in the crash of a plane carrying WSU football players and others to a game in Utah, Evan Fahrbach is pursuing an MBA at Wichita State with the help of a scholarship created to honor those in the crash. “Randy and I played football at Clinton High School. Wichita Eagle and Beacon - Crash 1970. “Guys we lost who didn’t get to live their lives. Lewis’ seat belt was off. “While we mourn those we lost that day, we also focus on those who survived the crash. Then he informed the rest of the players and coaches on the Black Plane of the Gold Plane crash. Team '70, those Shockers call their fallen teammates. Pilot errors, including poor in-flight decisions and inadequate pre-flight planning, were officially reported as leading to the crash. The survivors are getting older. 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. A roadside memorial plaque listing the names of the victims is located near the Colorado crash site, adjacent to westbound Interstate 70. The Wichita State plane crash is often forgotten and overshadowed because of a similar accident that happened just 43 days later. Miners building the tunnel had seen the crash and were headed up to help. Read more ›. [19] A trail to the wreck site via Dry Gulch is 0.4 miles past the memorial off exit 216. Featherstone, a retired Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent, was Lewis’ teammate with those 1970 Wheatshockers. "[11], The overloaded aircraft,[12][13] nearing Loveland Pass as it flew up Clear Creek Valley, became trapped in a box canyon and was unable to climb above the mountain ridges surrounding it on three sides, nor complete a reversal turn away from the sharply rising terrain. “I could talk for hours about my memories,” Featherstone said. So Lewis called his mother at work back in Duncan. Christian sat two rows ahead of Lewis. Every year on October 2 at 9 a.m., a wreath is placed at this memorial.[5]. A likeness of the football helmet for the Wichita State Shockers, circa 1970, is draped by a cap as teammates, family members and friends visit the crash site near Loveland Pass on July 27, 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 … They noticed a phone. A reception will be held on the stadium concourse, then later in the day are planned screenings of short documentaries filmed about the crash. Three generations later, the secrets of Wichita State's devastating plane crash are still unfolding - ESPN 'Gold Plane' & Silver Plume: the Wichita State Plane Crash Revisited- Clear Creak Courant A Look at the WSU Plane Crash's Aftermath- Clear Creek Courant Crash Site an Important Memorial for 'Gold Plane' Family - Clear Creek Courant He explained his experience when he found out about the Gold Plane crash when they arrived in Logan. 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. Trees remain down after being clipped by the wings of the airplane. [1][2][3][4] Operated by Golden Eagle Aviation, the twin-engined propliner carried 37 passengers and a crew of three; 29 were killed at the scene and two later died of their injuries while under medical care. [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. By the time Duren graduated, he was “a superstar,” Featherstone said. She also asked a question. As a student at Wichita State, Jeremy Hubbard was completely unaware of the 1970 plane crash. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. 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