Wendall Ladner (Kentucky Colonels forward killed in a plane crash)
The Marshall Univ Football team - I'll never forget that evening - it was really foggy and rainy. I was at my grandmother's house in Kenova, WV that evening and heard the explosion.
16 years later I was working at the Ashland Oil across the river in Cattletsburg, KY (where the Little Sandy R. meets the Ohio). Talked to a couple of the old timers that worked the refinery that night. They said that the pilot had never flown into Tri-State Airport outside of Kenova. They said he came out of the clouds and saw the lights thinking it was the airport. By the time he realized his mistake, it was too late to gain altitude and make it back up to the top of the hill where the airport sits.
Don't know if there's any truth to it or not, but I could see how it could happen. Had he landed it in the refinery, it would have been a major catastraphe in addition to the terrible tragedy it was. They make refine some nasty ish in that place.