The team was returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, having eliminated Red Star Belgrade to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.

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.

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The crash was caused by the slush on the runway, which slowed the plane too much to take off / Image: AFP/Getty

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.

On the plane was the Manchester United football team with supporters and journalists.

Manchester United Memorial / Image: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

 


Featured Image: How the Daily Mirror reported the tragedy at the time / Image: Daily Mirror

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