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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | November 6, 2016

Marshall to wear special helmets to commemorate '70 plane crash

The Marshall football team will remember all those lost in a tragic 1970 plane crash with special helmets that will be worn against Middle Tennessee State this upcoming weekend.

The helmets will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Nov. 12, 1970 crash of charter plane Southern Airways Flight 932, which left no survivors and carried 75 passengers including 37 Thundering Herd players, nine coaches, 25 boosters and four crew members. Each helmet will feature a large "75" decal on the back to represent the lives lost that night.

In addition, the helmets will have a throwback feel to them as well, featuring the 1970s version of the program's "MU" and buffalo logo on the side of the equipment.

The aftermath of the plane crash shook the Huntington, West Virginia community and almost led to the discontinuity of the football program. But, as captured in the popular 2006 film "We Are Marshall," the Thundering Herd returned to the field the very next season with new players under the leadership of new head coach Jack Lengyel.

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