Sen. Rockefeller marks anniversary of Marshall plane crash

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The tweet refers to the crash that killed most of the Thundering Herd football team from West Virginia's Marshall University on Nov. 14, 1970. The plane crash, which killed all 75 people on board, left the Marshall community and surrounding area in mourning.

West Virginia's other Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinRed-state Dem hits back over coal, court attacks How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders Tough choice for vulnerable GOP senators: Embrace or reject Trump MORE (D) also tweeted about Marshall later in the day.

The story of the community's recovery and rebuilding of the football program also became a movie titled "We Are Marshall" in 2006, directed by McG and starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox.

Updated at 3:14 p.m.

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