We remember the Manchester United side and everybody who lost their lives when their plane took off from Munich-Reim airport at the third attempt in poor weather and crashed on this day back in 1958.
Bobby Charlton was on the plane and survived to become one of England’s best ever players and he was in the side that won the World Cup back in 1966.
For the younger fans who don’t know about the disaster here’s a piece from Wikipedia:
“The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany.”
“On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes”, along with supporters and journalists.”
“Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.”
The footballers who lost their lives were Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards (survived the crash – died in hospital 15 days later), Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, and Billy Whelan.
Duncan Edwards was only 21 years old at the time he died but he had already played 18 times for England with 5 goals and 151 times for Manchester with 20 goals.
He’s the greatest English footballer I have ever seen play.
We humbly remember that terrible air crash today.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 6, 2019