Moral Township, Shelby County, Indiana

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Moral Township
Map highlighting Moral Township, Shelby County, Indiana.svg
Coordinates: 39°38′56″N 85°53′32″W / 39.64889°N 85.89222°W / 39.64889; -85.89222Coordinates: 39°38′56″N 85°53′32″W / 39.64889°N 85.89222°W / 39.64889; -85.89222
CountryUnited States
 • TypeIndiana township
 • Total36.7 sq mi (95 km2)
 • Land36.56 sq mi (94.7 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation794 ft (242 m)
 • Total4,577
 • Density125.2/sq mi (48.3/km2)
FIPS code18-50994[2]
GNIS feature ID453652

Moral Township is one of fourteen townships in Shelby County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 4,577 and it contained 1,805 housing units.[3]

Moral Township was organized before 1840.[4]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 36.7 square miles (95 km2), of which 36.56 square miles (94.7 km2) (or 99.62%) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) (or 0.38%) is water.[3]


On September 9, 1969, Moral Township was the site of the deadliest air disaster in the history of Indiana. On that date, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 Jetliner, Registration N988VJ, collided in mid air with a Piper PA-28 registration N7374J which was a light general aviation aircraft. After the collision, Flight 853 inverted and impacted a soybean field near London, Indiana at over 430 MPH. Of the 82 people on board the DC-9, there were no survivors. The pilot and sole occupant of the PA-28 was killed upon impact with the tail assembly of the DC-9. With a death toll of 83, to date this is still the deadliest aviation disaster in the history of Indiana.

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  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  4. ^ History of Shelby County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc. Brant & Fuller. 1887. p. 277.

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