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Six cheerleaders and three adults died in a plane crash at Rapid City's airport in March 1968.
Six cheerleaders and three adults died in a plane crash at Rapid City's airport in March 1968.
January 30, 2015

Spirit of Six Crash Prompted Debate On Need For Airport Fire Crew

The tragic airplane crash that claimed the lives of six Rapid City cheerleaders and three adults on March 18, 1968, spurred a community debate on the need for firefighting crews to be stationed at the airport east of the city.

Firefighters have been stationed at the airport, and the Rapid City Council is now poised to codify the long-standing arrangement. (See the memo from Fire Chief Mike Maltaverne attached to this post.)

News coverage of the crash is posted below. Download PDF versions in the attachments linked at the end of this post. 

 

 Airport fire equipment under study

 

Fire crew necessity article

 

Fire Equipment issue article

 

Front page crash coverage

 

City mourns 9 jump

 

Cream of Crop article

 

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