By Sandra Rose  | 

Torrey Ward

Illinois State Associate Head Coach Torrey Ward was among 7 passengers killed in a plane crash near Bloomington airport early Tuesday.

Torrey and five others were traveling on Scott Bittner's private plane on the way back home after attending the NCAA tournament title game in Indianapolis on Monday.

Torrey's last tweet on Monday was a photo of the plane that he would perish in just hours later.

He tweeted "My ride to the game wasn't bad.. #indy2015f4"

Torrey Ward

From Chicago Tribune:

"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," Scott Barrows, Bitner's father-in-law, told the Chicago Tribune.

"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."

Ward starred at Phillips High School in Birmingham before guiding UAB to the NCAA tournament in 1999. He graduated with his degree in 2001.

He later served as an assistant at Jacksonville State and Ole Miss. He was the associate head coach at Illinois State before his death.

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    • luVn_liFe…

      :shock: Omg that is tragic! :cry:

    • VDot

      Damn. That's sad.

    • VDot

      He was handsome too :yes:

    • Yardgirl

      Oh nooo! So tragic :cry: R.I.P.

    • luVn_liFe…

      Yardi :hug: How ya hanging in there babe? :kiss:

    • iWasteTime

      :pray: S.I.P.

    • B. Stoners


    • luVn_liFe…

      :cell: B.B.

    • Str8tUpMenace

      :sad: RIP and :pray:

      *going back downstairs*

    • MisUnderstood

      When this happen? How bad was the weather? Why the news don't cover it?

    • Nancy Drew Wears Prada :nun: …that’s all. :tea:

      Jesus! :no: RIP son.
      God be with his family :pray:

    • Struggleisreal

      lawd jesus be a arms for h!s w!fe and ch!ldren. Cr!y!ng Shame

    • MisUnderstood

      Waste, how we know he's in paradise? Where do people go if they die in the mist of partaking in an orgy or swingers club. Worried about a friend

    • Hair Lova Formerly Known As Dark Ceaser

      Damn damn damn...... :pray:

    •!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      Aww thats terrible. So young :(

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      My Lord :sad: dang

    • MisUnderstood

      Struggle I can't with your fonts :hahaha: get a new keyboard it's like $7 at dollar general family dollar walmart or Big lots

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      God that's terrible .... RIP awwwww :cry:

    • TashaMack

      R.I.P. :pray:

    • <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Oh noooooooo :(

      Father GOD please be with the families right now :pray:

    • iWasteTime

      I say S.I.P. as Sleep in Peace

    • <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      H! struggle! :hi:

    • WhoDat

      Sad. :no: So young too.

    • MisUnderstood

      Ooohhhh. I didn't do the education. Thought it was sleep in paradise.

    • Phrozen1der

      Wow... :pray:

    • iWasteTime

      Could be either I think MisU

    • TashaMack

      Out of respect for the deceased I won't bring downstairs up here. I'll just wait for another post. :peace:

    • Hair Lova Formerly Known As Dark Ceaser

      MisUnderstood says:

      Struggle I can’t with your fonts :hahaha: get a new keyboard it’s like $7 at dollar general family dollar walmart or Big lots


    • jeniefrumdabloc

      He kinda favor Monica husband in that photo on the right no ? :thinking:

    • B. Stoners


    • MisUnderstood

      Thanks Tasha :fistbump:

      Guess it can Waste

    • MisUnderstood

      I don't see it Jenie but ion member what Shannon look like. Wait that's his name right?

    • MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:


    • mzwhang90210

      This gives me the sads. I :pray: for the familes of all of the victims.
      Eerie how you can be texting on minute..dead the next. Very eerie.


    • MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      :bye: night everybody.

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      MisUnderstood says:

      I don’t see it Jenie but ion member what Shannon look like. Wait that’s his name right?

      :yes: He kinda favors him in that suit photo :thinking:
      Tasha .... thanks for making it crystal clear :yes: it makes complete sense now :yes: :thankyou:

    • MisUnderstood

      Taken can you see me :hi:

    • mzwhang90210

      :offtopic: slightly.

      Maybe y'all already talked about this in previous posts...but lookit.


      Struggling state-run carrier Air India has grounded two of its pilots after a fight erupted between the pair just before takeoff, reports said Monday.

      The co-pilot allegedly assaulted the captain inside the cockpit as they were preparing the passenger plane for takeoff from the Indian tourist city of Jaipur to New Delhi on Sunday night, the Hindustan Times newspaper said.

      The co-pilot was irritated by his superior's request to write down critical information for the flight, such as the number of passengers on board, take off weight and fuel uptake, the Times Of India reported.

      "The co-pilot took offence at this and reportedly beat up the captain," the newspaper said, quoting unnamed sources.

      "In the larger interest of the airline the commander decided to go ahead with the flight and flew to Delhi," the daily added.

      The airline denied any violence took place, saying there was only a verbal argument between the pair, according to the Press Trust of India.

      "There were only heated exchanges between the commander and co-pilot over some issue. We have already derostered the two pilots pending an enquiry," an Air India spokesman told the news agency.

      The carrier could not be reached for comment.


    • jeniefrumdabloc


    • mzwhang90210

      :newpost: too

    • MisUnderstood

      Whang, what is the world coming to? Co pilot was like you ain't gonna take us all down, you betta write that ish down :thump:

    • mzwhang90210

      @MisU chileeee....

    • Carrington

      But that ride home... Dam n!

      I tell people all the time, one thing you won't EVER do is get my a$$ on a private plane. NO THANKS! One engine is not enough to make me comfortable.

      I was going to Dallas for the weekend once and they put me on one of those small planes where you have to walk ON the tarmac and then walk up 5 steps to get on the plane. I get on this little bitty b*tch and it was ONE row of seats on the left, and ONE row on the right. My spirit wouldn't let me relax... and then the pilots comes on the AP, "Ladies and gentlemen, we're having some minor engine issues, we have a technician on the way and..."

      Meanwhile, a messiken on a golf cart pulls up on the side of my window with a tool box.

      "Hole on... skuze me, ma'am... can you get my suitcase from up under this thing and show me back to my car? I'm out of here. LET ME OFF!!"

      When she said she was letting me off, five other people said, "Well, hell... ME too then!"

      They put us up at a hotel for the next available flight the next morning.

      #Thank y'all. I don't do small planes

    • SummerBaby

      This is so sad to me. My kids' auntie lives in Bloomington & I've driven past that airport for years.