working for 17 years at The Wichita Eagle. The names of teammates who landed safely in Utah that day are a fitting Wichita State survivors remember the significance of plane crash 49 years later. It took the lives of 29 people then, and two others died later that month. room. 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. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. that there were survivors,” Phillips said, “and how their lives were impacted, especially A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. 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. It was like if you cut... Keith Morrison. 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. They survived the Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State football plane crash only to endure the hardship and suffering of its aftermath. It was such a vast change from the excitement they had for Shocker football games and hearing of their dad’s success. But it's been a constant my whole life.”. I've survived through through it. Glenn Kostal, then a 20-year old linebacker from Chicago, remembers the day well. entrance to campus, now feels complete. Bruce Gerleman looked out the window of his plane. “I don't really know. Memorial '70. Classes were canceled for Monday, October 5, and a memorial service was held that evening at the university stadium. Abigail Wilson . 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 … The names of the members of the team who flew on the "Black plane" complete the upright It was a blowout. But there are seven men still alive who can. Wichita State athletics through his GoShockers.com blog, The Roundhouse. For information, go to wichita.edu/covid. to play quarterback and help the program rebuild. So to have you know, those clips, it's really it's a big deal.”. 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. One of the planes proceeded to Utah via southern Wyoming, avoiding Colorado’s high mountain wall. “I was reflecting on it and thinking, you just don't know how you're gonna get through the next day. The Crash. 57:54. Wichita State University 18,896 views. Rookie players joined the team, including freshmen, which wasn’t common back then. Moore contacted “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 wanted each other heal through the survivor’s guilt and pain. Rhatigan said players have vowed to stay positive and do anything to keep the memory of their friends alive. By Anna Auld. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash Friday, October 2, 1970. near Silver Plume, Colorado, while en route to Logan, Utah,  for a game with Utah Memorial '70 sculpture. (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. This is the story of the crash, and what happened after. Wichita community members gathered at the Football Memorial ’70 to attend the annual ceremony in remembrance of the Wichita plane crash in 1970. After the crash had occurred, Bruce hustled down the mountain, hoping to get aid, and ran into a tunnel construction crew. He came up to her and handed her a cufflink he’s had this whole time. The story includes those who carried on without their teammates. Winterbone said she didn’t always go to them, especially when she lived in other parts of the country. Decades after a tragic plane crash took the lives of 31 people, families are still coping with their loss. Funded by around $25,000 in private donations, the additions recognize the burdens (a pilot also survived). Phillips transferred to Wichita State in 1971 Wichita State University 18,896 views. Living with the Wichita State Crash Glenn Kostal. On October 2nd, 1970, two planes departed from Wichita, Kansas carrying the Wichita State football team players, coaches, staff, and boosters. 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. “It’s a crazy thing,” she said. “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. Pilot errors, including poor in-flight decisions and inadequate pre-flight planning, were officially reported as leading to the crash. The report concluded the crew did not allow enough time for the charts to be studied properly to avoid high terrain before takeoff commenced. “I didn't feel so alone in the grief.”. Afterward, Arkansas players ran mid-field and exchanged hugs with the Shockers. I got to experience the audit and assurance field hands-on and learned so much about The visit also highlighted lost memories from the 1970 plane crash in Colorado. The names of the people who landed safely in Logan, Utah, were added Decades after a tragic plane crash took the lives of 31 people, families are still coping with their loss. 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. In 2016, players from both teams reunited back on the field where they played decades before. many of the families of the deceased to make sure they approved of the additions. He said it’s helped him manage his grief. By Robert Sanchez • 5280 October 2010 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 … After the trip up the mountain with the football players, Putt sought counseling. At nightfall, six hours after the crash, the plane … Within a couple weeks, the two were taken to live with family. A sculpture recognizes the survivors of the 1970 plane crash, and the names of the At 1:14 PM, the plane collided with Mount Trelease. He writes about applied learning and covers And then sadly, it's 50 years later. It's here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. Though he was deeply changed by the crash, Putt continued to help others in emergencies like this. It's like, wow, you know, I've done it. This time of remembrance is to acknowledge the changes that the plane crash made in The annual Memorial '70 observance takes place on Friday, Oct. 2, for the 50th anniversary Both the “Black” and the “Gold” planes completed the first leg of the trip successfully and landed in Denver, Colorado to refuel. features the names of the eight Shockers who survived the crash of the "Gold plane" 57:54. Wichita State University Football Team Plane Crashes in Clear Creek Canyon. medical attention for their injuries. of the crash. Most, if not all, suffered greatly in silence.”. “I was stunned that anybody had survived,” he said. The remaining Wichita team, with the NCAA and Missouri Valley Conferenceallo… of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, designed the sculpture that features the survivors at The Memorial ’70 monument honors the 31 people – 14 student-athletes, 14 staff and I remained motionless for an hour-and-a-half.”. He was a Boy Scout and had gone through emergency training with the Alpine Rescue Team. They were bound for Logan, Utah, to play the Utah State University Aggies the following day. Glenn Kostal has three children and has been married for almost 35 years. Mike Bruce, the offensive tackle for Wichita State University, was the least injured of the group. 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 40 people on board, 29 died at the scene. pic.twitter.com/7HnhYWRcOe. The second plane, carrying 34 persons including 22 football players, landed safely in Logan an hour after the crash of its companion plane. Now, an addition to a memorial on WSU's campus honors the survivors of that crash. It was a big moment, as he had kept his pain hidden for so long. A few years back, she was surprised by a coach who worked with her dad. It also impacted so many little ones here at home. 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. “I had just left Randy Jackson’s hospital room as he was passing away and realized, Paul Suellentrop joined Wichita State University Strategic Communications in 2017 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 Thirty-one persons, including 14 Wichita State University players, were killed last Oct. 2 when their airliner crashed in the Colorado Rockies. He will be one of the participants at a memorial service Tuesday in Wichita, marking the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. Mission of remembrance. John Putt was just 12 years old when he tried to help after the crash. One of the most surprising things to come from the plane crash was the team’s motivation to move forward. • Johnny Duren, wide receiver, John Marshall High School. "He gave it to me, and I was going through boxes a while later and found that I actually had the pair. 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. Arkansas plowed through the field for 62 points, but the score did not matter. “…just completed my connection to the community,” he said with shakiness in his voice. He recalls his teammates admiring the construction activity near the Eisenhower Tunnel before the plane made a rapid plunge. tough on them.”. carried on without their fallen teammates and friends. Nine players survived along with the co-pilot and the team trainer. 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. He did not, but one thing he found deeply touched him. Phillips, a partner at the Wichita architectural firm of Spangenberg Phillips Tice, It’s also here, a steep climb at 11,000 feet, that many have ventured. Wichita State athletics through his GoShockers.com blog, Shocker strength coach puts holiday muscle into campaign for Harbor House, Shock the World Campaign donors raise $307.8 million for Wichita State, Interim Wichita State basketball coach Isaac Brown prepared for this moment. boosters, and three crew members – who died as a result. “About halfway up the the elements of the crash really started coming into focus,” he said. “I didn't handle it well,” Putt said. The crash not only took young lives of the players on board. • Randy Kiesau, defensive back, Clinton High School. 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 … For the longest time, Putt thought nobody made it out alive. “Went from the beautiful smells of pine forests to burning timber, burning jet fuel and everything else.”. Memorial ceremonies take place on October 2nd every year at Wichita State. 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. Published: Oct. 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM CDT. Fourteen members of Wichita State's 45-member squad died in the crash. That is where the two planes took two vastly different paths into history leading to the Wichita State Crash. Jason Ridder. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. Then, throughout the game, they continued to cheer on Wichita State. Melissa Hasty, Director of Campus Ministry, reads the prayer at WSU’s Football Memorial ’70. The planes refueled in Denver before they went on their separate paths. The monument Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor | October 3, 2019. In one of the worst tragedies of college sports history, a plane carrying WSU football players, athletic staff members and … of the plane that broke open and allowed room for some people to escape. Rick Stephens is 72 now. '70 at 9 a.m. each Oct. 2. Tramel: How 1970 Wichita State football plane crash survivors are making sure their teammates aren't forgotten • Don Christian, defensive back, Duncan High School. “One of the main reasons we did what we did was so the future generations would know to add to the Memorial ’70 monument. Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who Plane parts and personal belongings were thrown over a large part of Mount Trelease. Getting that invitation meant the world to him. 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. After takeoff … 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. Updated landscaping It appeared to be the worst air accident involving a college football team. It was then I just kind of got overtaken by fear. They returned to help as many as they could. 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. “It’s been a great team effort,” Phillips said. “It was such a special thing that he kept it all these years and wanted to give it to me. since they lived when so many didn’t. and the events that brought them together. Fourteen members of Wichita State's … “It’s important that we recognize (the survivors), particularly, because it’s been for the WSU Foundation, on the approval and details of installation. people who flew safely on the "Black plane" are an addition to the existing upright Some people managed to escape. 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. Survivors visit site of 1970 WSU football team plane crash. Wichita gave the Razorbacks a plaque to recognize their support and brotherhood. The school had to get special permission to get those younger students on the roster. “This really wasn't a football game,” said Dr. Jim Rhatigan, former dean of student life. Fifty years ago today, a plane carrying members of the Wichita State football team crashed on a mountain in Colorado. The brief ceremony honors WSU football players, administrators His team was hoping to find any possible survivors. The rescue squad sent to find survivors was comprised of 18 teenagers, Colorado boys with something to prove to themselves and to one another. It’s pretty amazing to put these two “Ben” cufflinks back together,” she said. Wichita State Football Team Plane Crash 1970 - Duration: 57:54. 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.”. The team, split into two, boarded two Martin 404’s destined for Logan, Utah. Former Wichita State quarterback Randy Phillips, a partner at the architectural firm Two more who had survived the initial accident passed away later on due to the injuries sustained in the accident. They had to make big change, though. About 10 years ago, players had contacted him saying they were returning to the crash site. and supporters who died in a plane crash Oct. 2, 1970. unfailing support and promise to keep this a simple team effort.”. The desire to honor teammates by telling the story of the crash motivated Phillips, designed the sculpture that features the survivors, with help from graphic designer Truly surreal being here at the wreckage where so many people tragically lost their lives on October 2nd 1970. 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. 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. to the upright monument that represents the "Black plane.". On this day in 1970, the Wichita State football team packed up for a game against Utah State. 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 … 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. “This is simple, and it tells the story,” Moore said. 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. Winterbone was 10 and her brother John was 15 at the time. “I did for 40 years, I didn't realize anyone had survived. 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 … to finish the whole story.”. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. accounting major, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik intern. 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. 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. The s… It made us made me in Arkansas fan for life.”. alive by telling the story, visiting the crash site on Mount Trelease and helping 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 By Abigail Beckman • Sep 19, 2014 . “Yeah. Of the 40 on board, 31 died, including 14 players along with coaches, boosters, administrators, trainers and three crew members. The Wichita State plane crash is often forgotten and overshadowed because of a similar accident that happened just 43 days later. Because they were there. the crash. In all, 22 children lost at least one parent and 13 children were orphaned. Of the 40 on board, 31 died. What they’d discover would haunt them for the rest of their lives. State for a game the next day. He eventually became a first responder, serving as a firefighter and paramedic for decades. at that time, I couldn’t recall all the survivors’ names,” Phillips said. Former Arkansas player Chuck Dicus - Duration: 2:07. Morgan Anderson . Sept. 28, 2020 - A new sculpture recognizes the survivors of the crash at Memorial '70 at Wichita State University. Elizabeth Winterbone lost her parents, dad and head football coach Ben Wilson and her mother Helen. This was the 49th annual ceremony in honor of the lives lost during the plane crash. partner to us, and much of that support is the direct result of Ann Marie Siegwarth’s carried by the survivors and their teammates. WSU Plane Crash Survivor Embarks On A Journey To Honor His Fallen Teammates. I really appreciated that.”. This year's ceremony will take place at Cessna Stadium. I froze. The plane was too low to gain enough altitude or turn around to safety. State University. @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. The monument that lists the 31 names of those who died is unchanged. The Wichita State plane crash was his first big mission. It’s here a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed while traveling to a game at Utah State on Oct. 2, 1970. They wanted him to come along. Nearly 40,000 fans gave surviving players a standing ovation. the lives of the victims, their families, their friends and the University. They never arrived. Both airplanes refueled at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. 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 … monument that signifies the plane that landed safely in Logan, Utah. Forty years ago, a plane slammed into the Rocky Mountains and killed 31 people. addition to the existing upright Memorial ’70 monument. “Randy came to me and said we ought to be doing something for these guys,” Moore said. He writes about applied learning and covers Members of the early 1970s Wichita State football teams want to honor the people who carried on without their fallen teammates and friends. The new monument is designed in the shape of the fuselage near the wing, the area While the aircraft were refueled and serviced in Denver, First Officer Skipper purchased aeronautical sectional charts for the contemplated scenic route. The stories of the people affected by the crash and its aftermath serve as a tribute to all – teammates, friends and family. The charred wreckage of N464M lies on a Colorado mountainside some hours after the crash. Leading to the injuries sustained in the crash 14 Wichita State athletics through GoShockers.com... 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