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43 years since plane crash that killed Marshall University football team

By Juliana Valencia
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:12:29 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 12:18:59 PM CST

Thursday marks 43 years since the plane crash that killed the Marshall University football team after they played against ECU.

Southern Airlines Flight 932 left Kinston on the morning of Nov. 14, 1970. Less than two hours later, the plane crashed in Huntington, W.Va, killing everyone on board.

The plane was carrying 37 members of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, eight members of the coaching staff, 25 boosters, and five crew members.

Investigators said rainy and foggy conditions were factors in the crash.

One year after the accident, Marshall University fielded a new football team and won their first game. This story inspired the 2006 movie, "We Are Marshall."

Every year, the university would host a memorial service. A wreath would be placed on the Memorial Fountain, which would then be silenced until spring to remember the lives lost.

Marshall is scheduled to play Tulsa Thursday night. This is the first time the school will be playing a game on Nov. 14 since the crash. To honor the 75 people who died, the Thundering Herd will be wearing commemorative helmets with the number 75 for the game.