New display case acknowledges Memorial 70 crash fatalities

11:46:52 AM CDT - Friday, September 22, 2006

By Carmen Hytche

A new display case dedicated to 31 WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died from injuries in a plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970, has been installed on the Koch Arena concourse.

At 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, the annual ceremony of remembrance will be held at Wichita State's Memorial '70 structure, located on Alumni Drive near 18th and Hillside.

The ceremony is open to the public and a continental breakfast will follow at the Koch Arena Champions Club. Breakfast attendees may view the new display case on the arena concourse.

The idea for the permanent display case emerged from a display put together last year for the 35th anniversary observance. The sculpture, Memorial 70, was dedicated Nov. 28, 1971.

On Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State University and the community were united through tragedy when one of two planes en route to a game with Utah State University in Logan, Utah, crashed near Silver Plume, Colo.

For more information visit www.wichita.edu/memorial70.

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