On Saturday, Nov. 14, 1970, Rich Tagland called his parents in Bethlehem, Pa., from a phone booth in Huntington, W.Va.
Tagland, a junior on the Marshall University football team had missed the plane that carried the team to Greenville, N.C., to play East Carolina University.
According to the Associated Press, Tagland sobbed into the phone.
“I’m alive. Nobody else is … they’re all dead.”
The communities of Huntington and Marshall University were plunged into grief that Saturday night 50 years ago when the Southern Airways DC-9 bringing the football team home crashed while trying to land at Tri-State Airport in Kenova.
All 75 people on board were killed including almost the entire Thundering Herd football team and coaching staff.
Marshall lost much more than a football game that night.