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Munich air disaster 1958: Fans pay tribute to Manchester United players

Bengaluru, Feb 6: 59 years ago on this day (February 6, 1958) the football world witnessed one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the game.

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British European Airways flight carrying the Manchester United team had crashed moments after take-off at the Munich airport.

The iconic Munich Clock at Old Trafford (Image courtesy: Manchester United Twitter handle)

A total of 23 people died in the plane crash out of which 8 football players and 3 coaching staff members of Manchester United were there.

The team had qualified for the semi-final of European Cup and they were returning from Belgrade after defeating Red Star Belgrade. The flight had halted at Munich on the way for refueling.

The team who were supposed to return from a successful away trip never made it back but remained forever in the hearts of the Manchester United fans as well as football fans around the world.

The team was famously known as 'Busby Babes'. Led by legendary manager Sir Matt Busby, they were one of the finest teams in Europe at that time.

Among the survivors, the most notable name was Sir Bobby Charlton who later became an icon and a club legend.

Every year fans around the world remember and pay their homage to those 11 brave souls who became immortal in every fans' heart.

Here are some of the fan tweets paying tribute to the 'Busby Babes'

The famous Manchester United players

A fan pay his tribute to the Manchester United players.

A fan's tribute to the 'Busby Babes'

A fan's tribute to the famous 'Busby Babes'.

Manchester United' tribute

Manchester United pay tribute to their players.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah's tribute

Manchester United defender Timothy Fodu-Mensah pays tribute to the players.

Ashley Young's Tribute

Manchester United star Ashley Young pays his tribute to the players.

Manchester United

Manchester United posted an emotional GIF of all the players of the 1958 squad.

Robby Fowler's tribute

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler paid his homage to the Manchester United players.

A poem dedicated to the Manchester United players.

A poem dedicated to the Manchester United players.

Fans gathered to pay their last homage to the players on 7/2/1958

Fans gathered to pay their last homage to the players on 7/2/1958.

A detail of all the players ans staff who died in the plan crash.

A detail of all the players and Support staff who died in the plane crash.

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Story first published: Monday, February 6, 2017, 15:24 [IST]
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