The 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster was commemorated on Tuesday by Manchester United
There was a service of remembrance held at Old Trafford, with a separate service also held in Munich close to the crash site with several thousand United fans were said to be in attendance, plus United’s youth team laid wreaths and held a minute’s silence at the Partizan Stadium ahead of their UEFA Youth League game tomorrow.
A minute’s silence was held at 3:04 p.m. UK time at United’s home stadium, the exact time that the plane carrying players, coaches, club officials, journalists and passengers from Munich to Manchester crashed 60 years ago.
23 people were killed in the plane crash, which included eight United players, three club officials, two crew members, eight journalists and two passengers.
The United side were traveling back from a game against Red Star Belgrade, as the “Busby Babes” had just reached the semifinals of the European Cup. The plane stopped to refuel in Munich but at the third attempted takeoff the plane crashed in snowy weather.
United and England Sir Bobby Charlton, a survivor from the crash, sat alongside current manager Jose Mourinho, current club captain Michael Carrick and legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as the snow fell in Manchester on Tuesday amid a somber mood.
The soccer world paid their respects to United and all those impacted by the tragedy throughout the day.