USA Boxing Remembers the Victims of the 1980 Plane Crash

March 15, 2010, 2:58 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - 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. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010 marked the 30th 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

 

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States' member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). It is responsible for the selection and management of the United States Olympic Boxing Team, and for the governance and oversight of USA Boxing's national organization of 38,000 members, 1,400 individual boxing clubs, and 1,600 sanctioned events annually.