Airplane Crash - Near Huntington, West Virginia 11/14/1970

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Huntington, West Virginia


Date11/14/1970
Time19:36
LocationNear Huntington, West Virginia
OperatorSouthern Airways
Flight #932
RouteKingston, NC - Huntington, WV
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
RegistrationN97S
Cn/In47245/510
Aboard75
Fatalities75
Ground0
SummaryWhile on approach, the aircraft crashed one mile short of Runway 11 at Tri-State Airport in rain and fog. Thirty-six players and 5 coaches on the Marshall University football team were among those killed. Improper procedures executed by the crew. Descent below Minimum Descent Altitude during a nonprecision approach under adverse operating conditions, without visual contact with the runway environment. The reason for this descent was not able to be determined, although the two most likely explanations are ( a ) improper use of cockpit instrumentation data, or (b) an altimetry system error .

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