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The Munich air disaster happened on February 6, 1958, when a British European Airways[?] Airspeed AS57 Ambassador charter aircraft (G-ALZU 'Lord Burghley'), carrying players and backroom staff of Manchester United F.C., plus a number of journalists and supporters, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport.

United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling.

Twenty-three of the forty-three passengers on board the aircraft lost their lives in the disaster.


Manchester United players

Who also died

  • Walter Crickmer - Club secretary
  • Bert Whalley - Chief Coach
  • Tom Curry - Trainer
  • Alf Clarke - Journalist, Manchester Evening Chronicle
  • Don Davies - Journalist, Manchester Guardian
  • George Follows - Journalist, Daily Herald
  • Tom Jackson - Journalist, Manchester Evening News
  • Archie Ledbrooke - Journalist, Daily Mirror
  • Henry Rose - Journalist, Daily Express
  • Eric Thompson - Journalist, Daily Mail
  • Frank Swift - Journalist, News of the World
  • Capt Kenneth Rayment - Co-Pilot
  • Bela Miklos - Travel Agent
  • Willie Satinoff - Supporter
  • Tom Cable - Steward


Manchester United players

Other survivors

  • Matt Busby[?] - Team manager
  • Frank Taylor - Journalist
  • Peter Howard - Photographer
  • Ted Ellyard - Photographer
  • Mrs Vera Lukic and baby daughter - Passengers
  • Mrs Miklos - Wife of travel agent who arranged trip and died in crash
  • Mr N Tomasevic - Passenger
  • James Thain - Captain
  • Rosemary Cheverton - Stewardess
  • Margaret Bellis - Stewardess

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