Ceremony Marks 41st Anniversary of MU Plane Crash

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Monday marked the 41st anniversary of the Marshall University plane crash, which remains the deadliest sports-related accident in U.S. history.

The Marshall community united for a ceremony at the Memorial Fountain on campus, which is turned off each Nov. 14 in commemoration of the 75 victims of the crash.

The Marshall football team, coaching staff and community supporters were on their way home from a game against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., when the crash occurred. It happened near Tri-State Airport in Wayne County, W.Va., killing all aboard the DC-9 jet.

Among those who attended Monday’s ceremony was Rick Meckstroth, a member of the Young Thundering Herd, who has gone on to run a successful business.

"This tragedy has impacted all of us,” Meckstroth said. “But, over time, I firmly believe that the impacts have been turned into positive testimonials for those we now honor today."

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