It also impacted so many little ones here at home. of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, designed the sculpture that features the survivors at A sculpture recognizes the survivors of the 1970 plane crash, and the names of the 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 to add to the Memorial ’70 monument. For information, go to wichita.edu/covid. It was such a vast change from the excitement they had for Shocker football games and hearing of their dad’s success. 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 Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State lineman Mal Kimmel boarded a plane with his teammates for their game against Utah State. Pilot errors, including poor in-flight decisions and inadequate pre-flight planning, were officially reported as leading to the crash. 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. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash Friday, October 2, 1970. But as they wound their way between the peaks, disaster struck: the plane became boxed into an inescapable … addition to the existing upright Memorial ’70 monument. He eventually became a first responder, serving as a firefighter and paramedic for decades. Wichita gave the Razorbacks a plaque to recognize their support and brotherhood. “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. The … The monument It appeared to be the worst air accident involving a college football team. The names of the people who landed safely in Logan, Utah, were added In one of the worst tragedies of college sports history, a plane carrying WSU football players, athletic staff members and … “About halfway up the the elements of the crash really started coming into focus,” he said. “Yeah. Now, an addition to a memorial on WSU's campus honors the survivors of that crash. They keep their memory '70 at 9 a.m. each Oct. 2. John Putt was just 12 years old when he tried to help after the 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. Survivors visit site of 1970 WSU football team plane crash. This was the 49th annual ceremony in honor of the lives lost during the plane crash. 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 The story includes those who carried on without their teammates. Living with the Wichita State Crash Glenn Kostal. Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 after Rick Stephens, then a 22-year old offensive guard, had gone forward in the plane to ask the pilots about... Glenn Kostal. pic.twitter.com/7HnhYWRcOe. Twenty-nine persons died at the scene, while two others died later after receiving Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor | October 3, 2019. He came up to her and handed her a cufflink he’s had this whole time. But it's been a constant my whole life.”. It was like if you cut... Keith Morrison. After the trip up the mountain with the football players, Putt sought counseling. Phillips, a partner at the Wichita architectural firm of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, that there were survivors,” Phillips said, “and how their lives were impacted, especially This is the story of the crash, and what happened after. the lives of the victims, their families, their friends and the University. It was a big moment, as he had kept his pain hidden for so long. (a pilot also survived). Of the 40 people on board, 29 died at the scene. near Silver Plume, Colorado, while en route to Logan, Utah,  for a game with Utah In all, 22 children lost at least one parent and 13 children were orphaned. room. as it has so many connected to the crash on Oct. 2, 1970 near Silver Plume, Colorado. He writes about applied learning and covers 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 … Memorial '70 sculpture. After takeoff … 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 “I did for 40 years, I didn't realize anyone had survived. I froze. monument that signifies the plane that landed safely in Logan, 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. “One of the main reasons we did what we did was so the future generations would know The Memorial ’70 monument honors the 31 people – 14 student-athletes, 14 staff and Phillips and Moore worked with Ann Marie Siegwarth, director of development “Randy came to me and said we ought to be doing something for these guys,” Moore said. Phillips transferred to Wichita State in 1971 The team, split into two, boarded two Martin 404’s destined for Logan, Utah. the crash. 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. They were bound for Logan, Utah, to play the Utah State University Aggies the following day. "He gave it to me, and I was going through boxes a while later and found that I actually had the pair. At nightfall, six hours after the crash, the plane … And then sadly, it's 50 years later. “I don't really know. Plane parts and personal belongings were thrown over a large part of Mount Trelease. Both the “Black” and the “Gold” planes completed the first leg of the trip successfully and landed in Denver, Colorado to refuel. “I was stunned that anybody had survived,” he said. partner to us, and much of that support is the direct result of Ann Marie Siegwarth’s • Randy Kiesau, defensive back, Clinton High School. 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. of the crash. Of the 40 on board, 31 died. 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. Some people managed to escape. The black plane went on its planned route along the north side of Colorado. Sept. 28, 2020 - A new sculpture recognizes the survivors of the crash at Memorial '70 at Wichita State University. Within a couple weeks, the two were taken to live with family. The names of teammates who landed safely in Utah that day are a fitting Amid her scrapbooks, original WSU football helmet and jersey, there is one thing Winterbone wishes she had: the memory of how her parents sounded. It’s also here, a steep climb at 11,000 feet, that many have ventured. 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. to finish the whole story.”. Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who It's here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. “We really wanted to be respectful of what this is about,” Phillips said. working for 17 years at The Wichita Eagle. His team was hoping to find any possible survivors. The annual Memorial '70 observance takes place on Friday, Oct. 2, for the 50th anniversary I've survived through through it. Wichita State University Football Team Plane Crashes in Clear Creek Canyon. Classes were canceled for Monday, October 5, and a memorial service was held that evening at the university stadium. By Abigail Beckman • Sep 19, 2014 . The desire to honor teammates by telling the story of the crash motivated Phillips, Just west of Denver, the gold plane faced trouble early that afternoon. They returned to help as many as they could. In 2016, players from both teams reunited back on the field where they played decades before. While the aircraft were refueled and serviced in Denver, First Officer Skipper purchased aeronautical sectional charts for the contemplated scenic route. “The university has been a wonderful Getting that invitation meant the world to him. By Anna Auld. 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. A few years back, she was surprised by a coach who worked with her dad. 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 … The planes refueled in Denver before they went on their separate paths. But there are seven men still alive who can. 57:54. 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 … Memorial '70: Part 1 - Remembering the WSU plane crash, Memorial '70: Part 2 - Crash Investigation, Memorial '70: Part 3 - Survivors' reflection. of the crash. The story, told for years by the Memorial ’70 monument near the 18th Street and Hillside Mission of remembrance. Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 after unfailing support and promise to keep this a simple team effort.”. I really appreciated that.”. at that time, I couldn’t recall all the survivors’ names,” Phillips said. Forty years ago, a plane slammed into the Rocky Mountains and killed 31 people. Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who carried on without their fallen teammates and friends. “I didn't feel so alone in the grief.”. @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. Both airplanes refueled at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. Mike Bruce, the offensive tackle for Wichita State University, was the least injured of the group. 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. 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 … Memorial ceremonies take place on October 2nd every year at Wichita State. Wichita State University 18,896 views. Nine players survived along with the co-pilot and the team trainer. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators and the events that brought them together. Afterward, Arkansas players ran mid-field and exchanged hugs with the Shockers. The rescue squad sent to find survivors was comprised of 18 teenagers, Colorado boys with something to prove to themselves and to one another. “I was reflecting on it and thinking, you just don't know how you're gonna get through the next day. The names of the members of the team who flew on the "Black plane" complete the upright They had to make big change, though. many of the families of the deceased to make sure they approved of the additions. So to have you know, those clips, it's really it's a big deal.”. On Friday, October 2, 1970, a pair of Martin 404 twin-engine aircraft took off from Wichita, Kansas, carrying the Wichita State University (WSU) football team, coaches, and VIP supporters. Fourteen members of Wichita State's … Abigail Wilson . In an annual ceremony of remembrance, a wreath is placed at Wichita State's Memorial University officials and family of the 40 people on board Creek Canyon of 29 people,. 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