1978 Plane Crash Near A University
|1978 crash scene|
On October 26, 1978, two Uof A students were killed when a military plane crashed near the University of Arizona on 6th Street and Highland Avenue in Tucson, AZ. Six others near the intersection were injured. The site is located near where the Recreation Center stands today. According to eyewitnesses, the jets usually fly low over the campus to land in nearby Davis Monthan Air Force Base. On this particular day, the jet was flying much lower than usual when they heard a popping sound and saw the pilot ejecting from the plane. This was followed by a loud boom and a huge fire ball. Today a crater can be seen in the middle of 6th Street as a reminder of that tragic event.
This was not the first time a military plane crashed in that location. In 1967, four people were killed when it crashed into the supermarket they were shopping in. There are rumors that the spirits of those killed can be seen in some of the areas on campus.
|The intersection today|