Tragedy struck in devastating proportions late on Monday night. A Bolivian charter plane called Lamia carrying players of Brazilian local side Chapecoense crashed on its course to Colombia. Against this backdrop, The Sportsrush takes a look at the 5 worst football air disasters of all time.
1. Munich Air Disaster
This disaster remains etched as an important, though tragic part of Manchester United’s history. On the ill fated date of 6 February 1958, the British European Airways flight 609 carrying the Manchester United squad met with this accident.
The flight crashed during its third attempt to take off after hitting the slush and colliding with a house at the side of the runway. The initial attempts had been foiled due to boost surging in the left engine. Evacuation was started, but not before 20 of the 44 total crew members had lost their lives.
To pay homage to the deceased players, Manchester United held a minute of silence on the 50th anniversary of the disaster. The memorial clock in the Old Trafford was also stopped as a token of remembrance and respect.