A tragedy within : An evaluation of the legal realities concerning the Wichita State football team crash of October 2,1970

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Johnson, David L.
Miner, H. Craig
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This thesis attempts to evaluate the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing held in regard to the Wichita State football team crash of October 2, 1970. From the exterior, it appeared like a normal investigative hearing in any crash, but a closer analysis displayed hidden agendas. It is these agendas that drove the hearing in the direction it went and in the safety board's final conclusions regarding the crash. This thesis looks at the evidence presented and attempts to evaluate whether the arguments of the interested parties were valid or not. In the end, the NTSB came out with its final report regarding the crash. In it the pilots of Golden Eagle were blamed for the crash, but the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, in their rush to judgment, overlooked or ignored important information that could have led to different conclusions regarding the crash. The research for this work included the National Transportation Safety Board's final report concerning the crash, newspaper clippings, the audiotapes from the hearing itself, and interviews with persons who had direct contact with the hearing. This research material was used in an attempt to build the true story of what happened regarding the crash and the hearing held to find its cause.

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Introduction -- Chapter One: Development to disaster -- Chapter two: Tragedy upon Mount Trelease: The crash and investigation -- Chapter Three: The national transportation safety board hearing , part one -- Chapter four: the National Transportation Safety Board hearing, part two -- Chapter five: Conclusion and final thoughts -- Bibliography -- Appendix A: History of the Federal Aviation Administration -- Appendix B: History of the National Transportation Safety Board -- Appendix C: Basic fact concerning the flight of an aircraft -- Appendix D: Sample of the aviation services agreement -- Appendix E: Martin 404 performance information -- Appendix F: Diagrams, and maps -- Appendix G: List of passangers aboard th "Gold" plane
Thesis (M.A.)-- University of Wichita, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of History
Wichita State University
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