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So Sad: Torrey Ward, Illinois State Associate Head Coach, Dies In Plane Crash Returning From Final Four Title Game

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There have been waaaay too many plane crashes lately, it seems, and our hearts are broken having to report on another one.

Torrey Ward was the associate head coach for Illinois State basketball, and he was on a small plane returning from the Final Four title game on Tuesday game when bad weather — mainly fog — reportedly caused catastrophic problems for the flight. Seven people lost their lives.

Here's what the Chicago Tribune reported:

"[The] Cessna 414 had left the Indianapolis airport around 11 p.m. and hit heavy fog over central Illinois, according to Scott Barrows, the father-in-law of the owner of the plane, Scott Bittner, who was among those killed."

We can't even imagine what their families and friends are going through.

Scott Barrows, a former UIC faculty member, also commented on the tragic incident:

"My daughter's husband and three other men and the pilot went to the NCAA game last night and they were flying back and I guess the weather was bad in central Illinois. It was foggy. They were supposed to land around midnight. My daughter was called at 4 a.m. There was no contact. It has been confirmed they are dead."

Torrey was the father of two young children. Our hearts go out to everyone effected by such an awful event. We hope they can figure out what exactly went wrong.

[Image via AP Images.]

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