50 Years Ago, Tragedy Struck With The Worst Plane Crash In West Virginia History
November in West Virginia is a month of joy, as we often have a few last beautiful glimpses of fall before we celebrate Thanksgiving. But it’s also a month of mourning: on November 14, 1970, on a dark, wet, cold night just after 7:35 p.m., Southern Airways Flight 932 went down in a field near Kenova, killing all 75 people on board. It was the worst plane crash in West Virginia history, and the worst sports-related air tragedy in U.S. history. Every November, many pause to remember – especially this year, as it marks exactly 50 years since this tragic loss.
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Do you have a story about this tragedy that has touched so many in West Virginia and beyond? We’d be honored if you would share it with us. How will you be marking the 50th anniversary of this event? One option might be to watch (or re-watch) the film We Are Marshall, which details one small part of the Marshall University community’s journey to rise from the ashes of such a devastating loss. To learn more, visit Marshall University’s special online memorial collection detailing this event.
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