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Memorial Event For WSU Plane Crash Set For Wednesday

Abigail Wilson

The annual ceremony held in remembrance of those who died in the Wichita State University plane crash will be Wednesday.

On Oct. 2, 1970, the WSU football team — along with administrators and Shocker supporters — was traveling to Logan, Utah, for a game. The plane was overloaded and was unable to pull out of a box canyon and crashed in the Rocky Mountains, about 40 miles west of Denver.

The ceremony is held to remember the 31 people who died in the crash. A wreath will be placed at the Wichita State Memorial ‘70. After the ceremony, a reception will be held in the lobby of Duerksen Fine Arts Center.

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The 18th Street and Hillside university entrance will be closed that morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Those attending the ceremony can access the memorial through the entrance near Koch Arena or at 17th and Fairmount. The lot north of the memorial will be available for parking.

Mya Acosta is an intern in the KMUW News Lab.