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  • USA Boxing Remembers the 1980 Plane Crash


    03/14/19

    Today marks 39th anniversary of crash

    COLORADO SPRINGS, MARCH 14 - On March 14, 1980, the sport of amateur boxing and the world tragically lost 22 members to a plane crash near Warsaw, Poland. The fourteen boxers and eight staff members aboard the flight, which killed a total of 77 people, were en route to an international event in Poland at the time of the crash.

    The team was traveling from New York to Warsaw to compete in two dual events in Cracow and Katowice when the Polish IL-62 jetliner went down just a half a mile from Warsaw's Okecie Airport.

    Today marks the 39th anniversary of the tragic accident and USA Boxing would like to acknowledge those team members and the sacrifice they made for their country and the love of the sport. Those lost on March 14, 1980 will never be forgotten.

    USA Boxing Team Members and Staff Lost in the 1980 Plane Crash

    KELVIN D. ANDERSON
    ELLIOT CHAVIS
    GARY TYRONE CLAYTON
    WALTER HARRIS
    BYRON LINDSAY
    ANDRE MCCOY
    PAUL PALOMINO
    BYRON PAYTON
    GEORGE PIMENTAL
    CHUCK ROBINSON
    DAVID RODRIGUEZ
    LEMUEL STEEPLES
    JEROME STEWART
    COL. BERNARD CALLAHAN
    THOMAS "SARGE" JOHNSON
    JOSEPH BLAND
    JOHN RADISON
    JUNIOR ROBLES
    LONNIE YOUNG
    DELORES WESSON
    DR. RAY WESSON
    STEVE SMIGIEL

    Media Contact:

    Brian Taylor
    USA Boxing Communications and Digital Media Manager
    btaylor@usaboxing.org
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