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PHOTOS: University holds memorial service for victims of 1970 plane crash

WSU recognizes the plane crash with a memorial service held each year on the anniversary of the event. 

Members of the Wichita State community gathered at Football Memorial ’70 to memorialize the plane crash that took the lives of more than 30 members of the university.

President John Bardo recognized the members of the accident.

“Even though those affected by the tragedy are scattered, we are one — at this time, at this place, on this day,” he said. 

On Oct. 2, 1970, a plane carrying members of the WSU football team, head athletic officials, and some fans, crashed into a Colorado mountainside while trying to cross the Continental Divide. Thirty-one passengers died.

WSU recognizes the crash with a memorial service held each year on the anniversary of the event.

Joseph Kleinsasser, director of news and media relations, reads the names of the people who died in the plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970. Twenty-nine died in the crash, and two died later at a hospital. There were nine survivors.

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Evan Pflugradt, Sports Editor

Evan Pflugradt is the Sports Editor of The Sunflower.

Pflugradt graduated from the Elliott School of Communication in spring 2017, and was recognized as the Elliott School’s Most Outstanding Journalism Graduate for the 2017 graduating class. Pflugradt graduated from Wichita State with a bachelor of arts in communication — journalism.

He has previously served as The Sunflower’s Editor-in-Chief, Opinion Editor, and Sports Editor. Additionally, he worked as a digital news intern for KMUW, NPR for Wichita.

Pflugradt transferred to Wichita State from Johnson County Community College in 2015.

Currently, he’s a second-year graduate student seeking a master’s degree from the Elliott School of Communication.

 

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