NewsPublic Affairs / December 12, 2017

Indiana Coach Remembers Team Killed In 1977 Crash

On Dec. 13, 1977 a DC-3 chartered to carry Evansville University's mens basketball team to a game in Nashville, Tennessee, crashed shortly after takeoff.Evansville, University of Evansville2017-12-12T00:00:00-05:00
Indiana Coach Remembers Team Killed In 1977 Crash

This was the scene near Evansville's Dress Regional Airport, Dec. 14, 1977, following the crash Tuesday night of a chartered DC-3 airliner in which 29 people perished. The entire University of Evansville basketball team was among the victims.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A former University of Evansville assistant basketball coach says he's still haunted 40 years after a plane crash in southwestern Indiana killed all members of the school's men's basketball team.

Stafford Stephenson tells the Courier and Press he was one of three assistant coaches on recruiting trips when a DC-3 chartered to carry the Purple Aces to a game in Nashville, Tennessee, crashed shortly after takeoff on Dec. 13, 1977. Federal investigators blamed flight crew negligence.

The crash killed all 29 people onboard, including the 14 team members and head coach.

During the 1977-78 season, the team dropped its opener to Western Kentucky at Roberts Stadium. The team traveled to Chicago and lost to DePaul, defeated Pittsburgh, then lost on the road to a Larry Bird-led Indiana State team.

 

 

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