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Retired NTSB Investigator Recalls Marshall Crash


One of the first investigators on the scene of the Marshall plane crash that killed the entire football team back in 1970, and now calls Eastern Carolina home, reflects on the tragedy as the new movie "We Are Marshall, premieres. Richard Rodriguez of Chocowinity in Beaufort County was one of the first investigators on the scene in Huntington, West Virginia. Rodriquez, now retired from the National Transportation Safety Board after 43 years, vividly remembers his days on the scene. Rodriguez says he recalls flying into the airport looking out the window of the plane and still seeing the smoldering wreckage. Rodriguez spent 11 days on the scene. Rodriquez says investigators determined the ultimate cause of the crash was that the plane had no vertical guidance, meaning the pilot didn't know how far to descend and when. That crash prompted such technology to be utilized.


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