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Re: Wichita State plane crash at Silver Plume-1970

October 11, 2020 12:20PM
A good link on the crash site with a topo map and photos are here:
[www.mountainouswords.com]
The above gives exact directions on how to reach the crash site from I-70.

I graduated from Alamosa High School 1968. A friend of mine worked as an explosive intern at the Commodore mine in Creede. He and other miners and explosive techs were hired for the Eisenhower tunnel project. He was inside the tunnel bore when the plane crashed and didn't witness it, but was among the first of the tunnel workers to reach the scene. They bladed the road to the crash site for the rescuers. I was in the Navy on submarine patrol when this occurred and did not know about it until he told me and showed me his photos years later. Very sad, indeed. I have visited three mountain plane crash sites, a commercial TWA flight near Albuquerque and two crashed B17 sites. All still have pieces of the plane and debris scattered on the mountain. A very sobering experience. All were the result of underestimating the height of the mountains and the lack of climb at such altitudes. Thanks for reminding us of this horrible incident.
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