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Sir Bobby Charlton visits Munich Air Disaster memorial

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has visited a memorial for the Munich Air Disaster at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena on the 57th anniversary of the accident.

The disaster occurred on this day in 1958 when a plane carrying the Man United team, along with supporters and journalists, crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. 23 of the 44 people on-board the aircraft tragically died as a result of the crash.

To mark the anniversary of the event, Charlton, who survived the crash, visited a memorial at Bayern’s home ground:

The team, nicknamed the ‘Busby Babes’ after legendary manager Sir Matt Busby, lost a number of players including Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and Eddie Colman. A number of journalists also lost their lives, including former England and Manchester City player Frank Swift.

Charlton recovered from the crash and went on to captain the Man United team that won the European Cup in 1968, scoring two goals in the final as United became the first English side to win the competition.

Today marks the anniversary of the darkest day in Man United’s history and we’ll never forget those who lost their lives in the tragic crash.

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