DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s been 30 years since a fiery plane crash killed much of Iowa State’s women’s cross country team, just hours after a surprising second place finish at a championship meet.
On Wednesday, surviving runners will join with running enthusiasts and others at the site where the twin-engine plane went down in a quiet Des Moines neighborhood. The crash that icy evening of Nov. 25, 1985, killed three runners, two coaches, an athletic trainer and the pilot.
Jill Slettedahl-Winter, of Danville, Kentucky, was an 18-year-old freshman that day. She recalls how one of the best days of her life suddenly became the worst.
Residents plan to establish a permanent memorial near the crash site.