Richmond adds marker honoring 10 killed in 1972 plane crash

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Friday marked 45 years since a plane crashed, killing several members in a tight-knit community.

On November 17, 1972, a plane carrying 10 Richmond men crashed in Todd County. The group was traveling to western Kentucky for a Madison High School football game.

On Friday, 45-years later, the city of Richmond dedicated a new marker placed at a monument at Irvine McDowell Park to the men who lost their lives.

"This was the only city park. This was home plate. That's where most of these boys, including myself, played baseball. So, I think they've come home."

Dr. Fred Ballou was listed on the flight's passenger manifest, but couldn't make it due to illness.

"I remember at the age of 30, I knew everything and now at 73, I realize I still don't know very much," Ballou said.

Many people that attended the ceremony say back in '72, Richmond was a small community where everyone helped and supported one another.

"When you have a small community, and that travesty happens, we got healed together," Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes said.

More than 100 people attended the dedication ceremony on Friday. Mayor Barnes said the monuments would help future generations know the impact these men made in the community.

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