USA Boxing Remembers the 1980 Plane Crash

March 14, 2019, 1:37 p.m. (ET)

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