Wichita State University football team plane crash
A Martin 4-0-4, circa 1981,
in Florida Airlines livery.
|Date||October 2, 1970|
|Summary||Controlled flight into terrain due to pilot error|
|Site||Clear Creek County, Colorado|
8 miles (13 km) west
of Silver Plume, near the
Loveland Ski Area
|Aircraft type||Martin 4-0-4|
|Operator||Golden Eagle Aviation|
|Flight origin||Wichita Mid-Continent Airport|
|Stopover||Stapleton International Airport|
On Friday, October 2, 1970 at 1:14 p.m. MDT in Colorado a chartered Martin 4-0-4 airliner crashed into a mountain eight miles (13 km) west of Silver Plume. It happened in clear weather. 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. It was operated by Golden Eagle Aviation.
It was one of two aircraft carrying the Wichita State University football team to Logan, Utah. They were going to Utah for a game against Utah State University. The other plane flew a normal route and arrived safely in Utah. Pilot errors, including bad in-flight choices and bad pre-flight planning, were officially reported as what caused the crash.
References[change | change source]
- "13 gridders die in air crash". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 3, 1970. p. 1.
- "29 killed in Colorado air tragedy". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. October 3, 1970. p. 1.
- "Air tragedy in the Rockies". Rocky Mountain News. October 3, 1970. p. 1. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
- Sanchez, Robert (October 2010). "The Crash". 5280 Magazine. Archived from the original on December 25, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
- Memorial '70 at Wichita State
- Mondout, Patrick (2005), Air Crash In Rockies Kills Wichita State Football Players, Super70s.com, Retrieved 2009-09-10
- NTSB Aircraft Accident Report, SA-421, File No. 3-1127 Archived October 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
Other websites[change | change source]
- NTSB Aircraft Accident Report, SA-421, File No. 3-1127 (alternate link 1, alternate link 2)
- Memorial '70 Homepage – includes survivor recollections, photos of victims
- Super70s article about the crash – includes narrative on circumstances leading up to the flight, and lists names of those on board
- Roadside memorial adjacent to I-70 near Colorado crash site
- Present-day photos of crash site on Mount Trelease – includes directions for visiting the site, and GPS coordinates
- 1960s photo of the accident aircraft in Mohawk Airlines livery Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
- Wichita State University Football Team Airplane Crash Collection – archives related to crash