The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists. 20 of the 44 on the aircraft died. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.


Crew members

  • Captain Kenneth "Ken" Rayment. Co-pilot. Survived but suffered multiple injuries and died in hospital three weeks later as a result of brain damage.
  • Tom Cable, cabin steward


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Manchester United staff
  • Alf Clarke, Manchester Evening Chronicle
  • Donny Davies, Manchester Guardian
  • George Follows, Daily Herald
  • Tom Jackson, Manchester Evening News
  • Archie Ledbrooke, Daily Mirror
  • Henry Rose, Daily Express
  • Frank Swift, News of the World (also former England and Manchester City goalkeeper; died on his way to hospital)
  • Eric Thompson, Daily Mail
Other passengers
  • Bela Miklos, travel agent
  • Willie Satinoff, supporter, racecourse owner and close friend of Matt Busby



  • Margaret Bellis, stewardess (died 1998)
  • Rosemary Cheverton, stewardess
  • George William "Bill" Rodgers, radio officer (died 1997)
  • Captain James Thain, pilot (died 1975)


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Manchester United staff
Journalists and photographers
  • Ted Ellyard, Daily Mail telegraphist (died 1964)
  • Peter Howard, Daily Mail photographer (died 1996)
  • Frank Taylor, News Chronicle reporter (died 2002)
Other passengers
  • Vera Lukić, the wife of a Yugoslavian diplomat, and her baby daughter, Vesna. Both passengers were saved by Harry Gregg. At the time, Vera Lukić was pregnant with her son Zoran.
  • Eleanor Miklos, wife of Bela Miklos
  • Nebojša Bato Tomašević, Yugoslavian diplomat

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