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1976: Plane crash at stadium
It was Dec. 19, 1976, and less than 10 minutes after the Pittsburgh Steelers had crushed the Baltimore Colts, 40-14 in an AFC playoff game at Memorial Stadium when a plane crashed into the seats at Memorial Stadium. Donald Kroner, a former charter pilot, had crashed a rented, low-wing, blue-and-white Piper Cherokee into the upper deck of the end zone, losing a wing in the process. Kroner, who would serve three months of a two-year sentence for malicious destruction of property and violation of city aviation ordinances.