Found December 13, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
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With additional research by Dennis Goodman The University of Evansville (UE) Purple Aces spent much of their afternoon and evening on Tuesday December 13, 1977 sitting in the Evansville Regional Airport waiting for a plane. The chartered DC-3 that was scheduled to take them to Nashville (en route to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for a game against Middle Tennessee State) was three hours late, delayed by inclement weather. Air Indiana flight 216 finally departed at 7:19 p.m. Only seconds after taking off, a member of the flight crew radioed the tower, saying only, “Standby.” Less than two minutes later, the DC-3 crashed into Evansville’s Melody Hill neighborhood, not far from the airport. Only four people survived the impact. Three died at the scene. Freshman Greg Smith would die in Evansville’s Deaconess Hospital a few hours later. Wreckage of the DC-3 plane that was supposed to take the Evansville Aces to Nashville on December 13, 1977 (Photo from Evansville Living) Patrick Alvey, a pilo...
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