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WSU To Hold Ceremony In Memory Of 1970 Plane Crash

Abigail Beckman
KMUW, File Photo

Wichita State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday in memory of the 1970 plane crash involving the university's football team.

On Oct. 2, 1970, a plane carrying the WSU football team — along with administrators and fans — crashed in the Rocky Mountains. The crash killed 31 people, including 14 football players and the university's athletic director, Bert Katzenmeyer. Nine people survived.

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A ceremony to commemorate the crash will begin at 9 a.m. at Wichita State's Memorial ‘70 site.

A wreath will be placed at the base of the memorial, followed by a dedicated time of remembrance.

The 18th and Hillside entrance to the university will be closed from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The Shocker ‘70 Football Room in the Rhatigan Student Center will also be open.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Football ‘70 Memorial Scholarship, through the WSU Foundation. Donations can be sent to 1845 Fairmount St., Wichita, KS 67260-0002.