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Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:49 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It was 40 years ago this past November in which Southern Airlines Flight 932 crashed in Ceredo, West Virginia killing all 75 people on board. Those killed included 37 members of the Marshall football team, the 8 members of the Marshall coaching staff, and 25 boosters. It's one of the greatest tragedies in college sports history, and was commemorated in the movie "We Are Marshall."

On Wednesday night, Marshall experienced a rather scary case of deja vu. A plane carrying members of the Marshall coaching staff had to make an emergency landing in Lexington, Kentucky.
Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a landing gear malfunction aboard ComAir Flight 5359 diverted a flight bound for Charleston from Atlanta to Lexington. The flight included Marshall’s entire offensive coaching staff and two of its defensive coaches.
Entering into its final descent, the landing gear finally came down on the plane and a crash-landing was averted as the coaches made their way off the flight safe and sound.
One of the coaches on the flight was tight ends coach Phil Ratliff, who described the events.

“On our way back, we kept circling flying into Charleston — three times,” Ratliff told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. “He (the pilot) went back up in the air and we knew something was wrong.
“The crew basically came back and told us that they were diverting us to Lexington. They didn’t say it but if we had to crash land, it was a bigger runway.
“You grow up hearing about this for 40 years. For this to happen 40 years later, it was just unbelievable. We were all praying. It was calm, but we were definitely praying. It was a situation that you never want to go — thinking about your family, having your life go before your eyes. It was just unbelievable.”
Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

Alive was about a rugby team from Uruguay



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

I think it was a college rugby team that was depicted in the movie "Alive", but I don't remember what S. American country they were from.  I have only seen the film from the start once, so it may have been a prep school.  It definitely was based on a true story, though Hollywood certainly takes a lot of liberty with that phrase.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

Thanx for the reply. Ihadn't heard of those other 2 trajedies. I only knew of Marshall ( yes, BEFORE the movie) ( That may have been a  South American College soccer team featured in the movie "ALIVE")  that I actually read about in Readers Digest back in the late 70's.Can anyone answer that question without Googling it?



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

You are a certified MORON!!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

The Evansville basketball team plane crash in 1977 comes to mind, as does the involving Wichita State only 1 month and a half before the Marshall tragedy.  It's not for me to say which was more tragic. 



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

"ONE OF " the greatest tragedies in College sports history??? Umm, what has ever come CLOSE to this in College sports history? I must be missing something



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

"ONE OF " the greatest tragedies in College sports history??? Umm, what has ever come CLOSE to this in College sports history? I must be missing something



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Scary episode of deja vu for Marshall coaches

I smell a sequel "We Almost Were Marshall" or Marshall II Electric Boogaloo!

All bad jokes aside, glad this one turned out better.


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