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Eight Manchester United players died in the air crash on 6 February 1958

The Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958 claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight Manchester United players as the team returned from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade.

The team's plane had stopped to re-fuel in Munich before completing the journey from the former Yugosalvia back to England.

It had been snowing in Munich, when the pilot attempted for a third time to take off the plane over-shot the runway. A wing hit a house and the plane then hit another building causing it to crash and catch fire.


Brave survivors were able to climb back into the plane to rescue those injured but alive. In total, 21 people died at the crash scene with two dying later in hospital.

United manager Sir Matt Busby was badly injured and had to have blood transfusions after the crash, while Sir Bobby Charlton suffered minor injuries.

Players killed:
Roger Byrne (captain) Mark Jones, Eddie Colman, Tommy Taylor, Liam (Billy) Whelan, Duncan Edwards, David Pegg and Geoff Bent.

Journalists killed:
Alf Clarke, Don Davies, George Follows, Tom Jackson, Archie Ledbrooke, Henry Rose, Eric Thompson, Frank Swift.

Others killed:
Walter Crickmer (Manchester United club secretary, who was in charge of the side during the Second World War); Bert Whalley (chief coach and former United player); Tom Curry (club trainer); Captain Kenneth Rayment (co-pilot); Bela Miklos (travel agent); Willie Satinoff (fan); Tom Cable (air steward)

Man United survivors from the crash:
Matt Busby (manager), Johnny Berry, Jackie Blanchflower, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Harry Gregg, Ken Morgans, Albert Scanlon, Dennis Viollet, Ray Wood.

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