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The Black-And-White Years: 10 Haunting Images Of The Munich Air Disaster Wreckage, 1958 (Photos)

By Chris Wright

Today is the 56th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster which claimed 23 lives, including eight members of Manchester United’s Busby Babes and three members of the club’s staff, back in February of 1958 – a true tragedy which still echoes in the halls of footballing lore.

If you’ll forgive us for being slightly morbid, we thought we’d mark the occasion with some hauntingly resonant archive photos of the wreckage of the plane itself, BEA Elizabethan Airliner charter flight 609, seen here frozen in time by the photographers on hand at the time. Mangled, mechanical misery and noiseless, gentle snowfall. It’s all very ethereal.

Remarkable, in the most barren sense of the word…

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Members of the Manchester United team and staff board the BEA Elizabethan at a snowbound Munich-Riem Airport, where the plane had stopped to be refuelled on the way home after a European Cup match in Belgrade

MUNICH AIR CRASH

The twisted carcass of the ‘Lord Burghley’ lies motionless in the snow

Soccer - 50th Anniversary Of The Munich Air Disaster

Soccer - 50th Anniversary Of The Munich Air Disaster

Soccer - European Cup - Quarter Final Second Leg- Red Star Belgrade v Manchester United

MUNICH AIR CRASH : 1958 (NEG. NO. 68960-27)

Soccer - European Cup - Quarter Final Second Leg - Red Star Belgrade v Manchester United

MUNICH AIR CRASH

A German policeman looks into the wrecked passenger cabin of the plane

MUNICH AIR CRASH

The wreckage continues to burn in the field at the end of the Munich-Riem runway as the sun begins to rise

Munich Aircrash 1958

Members of the West German Aviation Board inspect the wreckage as part of the enquiry into the aircrash

As always, RIP

(Photos: PA)

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By Chris on February 6th, 2014 in Featured, Man Utd, Newsnow, Photos, Retro, Top 10s & lists. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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3 Responses to “The Black-And-White Years: 10 Haunting Images Of The Munich Air Disaster Wreckage, 1958 (Photos)”

  1. carl says:

    I bet you’ve had to do some serious moderation in this comments section.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Really?

  3. Glent says:

    And for anyonw who hasn’t seen it, ‘United’ (www.imdb.com/title/tt1777034/) is a pretty harrowing film dealing with the crash and aftermath (he says as a 29y/o who wasn’t around back in those days but is a keen student of the game)

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