- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A plane crash in Virginia that killed 74 U.S. Army recruits in 1961 is among several topics that will be highlighted on new highway markers across the state.

Officials have approved 12 new historical highway markers that will memorialize people and events throughout Virginia history.

A marker in the Richmond-area will tell the story of the Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 crash, which killed 74 Army recruits and three of five crew members on Nov. 8, 1961.

Another sign in Norfolk will memorialize the crash and explosion of the Roma, a U.S. Army hydrogen airship that was based at Langley Field in Hampton. The crash killed 34 of 45 officers, crewman and civilians on board.

In addition to the new signs, officials are planning to replace 20 older historical markers.

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