Remembering the Munich disaster PHOTO CREDIT: Scoopnest.com
Remembering the Munich disaster PHOTO CREDIT: Scoopnest.com

Its been 61 years the ugliest disaster in the history of Manchester United occurred.

Concise News reports that plane carrying Manchester United players crashed at Munich airport as the team travelled back from a match against Red Star Belgrade. A total of 23 people died as a result of the accident, including eight United players.

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What happened in the accident?

Twenty of the 44 on board the aircraft died at the scene while the other three died in the following days.

The Manchester United side was nicknamed the Busby Babes and was travelling back to Manchester having played a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia.

United had knocked Red Star out and were into the semi-finals.

Their flight stopped in Munich to refuel and had two take off failures before a third fatal attempt.

The pilot had rejected an overnight stay and went for a third effort despite the snow falling.

The aircraft hit the slush and crashed into a fence and then a house.

The plane was evacuated and 21 people survived but 23, including eight United first team players, lost their lives.

Who died?

Eight Manchester United players lost their lives as a result of the Munich air disaster on February 6, 1958. A further 15 club officials and journalists were also killed in the tragedy.

Among players that lost their lives as a result of the crash were: Duncan Edwards, Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liem Whelan.

Manchester United players who survived are: Johnny Berry (never played again, died 1994), Jackie Blanchflower (never played again, died 1998), Bill Foulkes (died 2013), Harry Gregg, Kenny Morgans (died 2012), Albert Scanlon (died 2009), Dennis Viollet (died 1999), Ray Wood and Sir Bobby Charlton. Sir Charlton remains a director of Manchester United as of 2018.
The club is expected to pay tribute to victims of the disaster in their upcoming match at Fulham.