Former Super Bowl Player Dies In Plane Crash

  • Russ Francis, a former NFL tight end renowned for his 13-season career and three Pro Bowl appearances, tragically lost his life in a plane crash on Sunday at Lake Placid Airport. He was 70 years old.
  • In July, Francis had assumed co-ownership of Lake Placid Airways. On the fateful Sunday afternoon, he was aboard an aircraft with Richard McSpadden, the senior vice president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), when it encountered difficulties shortly after takeoff around 4 p.m.
  • Despite their efforts to return to the airport, both Francis and McSpadden perished in the crash, failing to reach the runway.
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