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Remembering the Purple Aces 43 Years After Deadly Plane Crash

It's now been 43 years since the tragic University of Evansville plane crash that claimed the lives of the basketball team.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 12:54 AM
Updated: Dec 14, 2020 7:15 PM

Remembering the 30 lives lost on December 13, 1977.

It's now been 43 years since the tragic University of Evansville plane crash that claimed the lives of the basketball team.

The accident happened just after take-off at 7:22p.m. on the way to a game scheduled at Middle Tennessee State.

The plane headed for Nashville.

The NTSB cited pilot error as the cause for the crash. The final report says the plane was overweight. The teams luggage shifting in the aircraft causing the crash the report says.

A chilling detail to the accident, 18-year-old freshman David Furr, the only member of the Purple Aces who did not die in the crash was out for the season with an ankle injury and was not on the plane that day. But just two weeks after the crash, Furr and his younger brother Byron were killed in a car accident near Newton, Illinois, leaving the entire 1977 Evansville Purple Aces Basketball Team dead.

There are memorials across Ue's campus and The Ford Center to pay tribute to everyone who lost their life that December evening.

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