Plane Diversion Hits Home For Marshall Coaches

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Huntington, W.Va. (AP) -- A plane carrying several Marshall assistant football coaches safely landed at a Kentucky airport after it was diverted from Charleston because of a landing gear malfunction.

Wednesday's incident revived memories of the 1970 plane crash outside Huntington that killed 75 people, including most of Marshall's football team, several coaches and fans.

Media outlets report that the plane was preparing to land at Yeager Airport when the malfunction occurred. A Marshall spokesman says the plane was diverted to an airport in Lexington, Ky., because it has a longer landing strip.

The passengers included tight ends coach Phil Ratliff. He grew up hearing about the 1970 crash and says the incident was "just unbelievable."

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