Wichita State University football team plane crash
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.
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|
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.
- "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
- 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
- Wichita State University Football Team Airplane Crash Collection – archives related to crash