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Homecoming is an annual tradition in the United States. People, towns, high schools, and colleges come together, usually in late September or early October, to welcome back alumni and former residents. It is built around a central event, such as a banquet and, most often, a game of football.At my undergrad university there's always a banquet and dance the night before the Saturday afternoon football game. Everyone gets all dressed up and enjoys an overpriced meal of rubber chicken.
Two planes carrying Wichita State football players, coaches, administrators and fans refueled on Friday, Oct. 2, 1970, in Denver. The team was headed to Logan, Utah, for a game the next day against Utah State.
The pilots of the “Gold” plane changed their flight plan, deciding to give their passengers a scenic view of the Rocky Mountains. But they could not pull the overweight plane out of a box canyon. It crashed around 1 p.m. about 40 miles west of Denver on Mount Trelease.The two aircraft were named "Gold" and "Black" after WSU's school colors. "Gold," the aircraft that later crashed, carried the starting players, head coach, and athletic director, as well as their wives, other administrators, boosters, and family. The designated "Black" plane carried reserve players, assistant coaches, and support personnel.
The pilots of the doomed aircraft were blamed for the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board.Finally
Thirty-one people died as a result of the crash: 14 players, 14 WSU staff and boosters, and three crew members. Eight players and one of the pilots survived.After that, the football team never recovered and lost most of its games for the next few years, including every game in 1970, even though freshmen were allowed to play due to a special ruling. WSU pulled the plug on football in 1986 due to lack of funds and fan support. Therefore the only thing WSU students and alumni can do is reminisce about what was.