Episode 15: The 1958 Munich Air Disaster

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Summary:

Ice and snow may be an expected part of cold weather travel, but they can also lead to disastrous situations. In this week's episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly tells the story of the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, which left a nation reeling from the loss of its Manchester United football team and a pilot fighting for his reputation. Did the investigation into the plane crash tell the whole story? Join us as we find out!



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Sources consulted for this story:

  • Wikipedia: Munich Air Disaster
  • History.com: Man United players among victims of plane crash
  • YouTube: Manchester Evening News short film, The Munich Air Disaster: A film about Manchester United's darkest day
  • The People History: What Happened in 1958 Important News and Events, Key Technology and Popular Culture
  • YouTube: Manchester United: Munich Air Disaster Documentary
  • Wikipedia: Airspeed Ambassador
  • The Telegraph: Harry Gregg, former Manchester United goalkeeper and Munich air disaster hero, dies aged 87
  • Air Disasters: Season 3, Episode 2: Mayday Munich
  • Goldentimes: James Thain: The Man Who Killed The Busby Babes
  • Spotskeeda: The 1958 Munich air disaster - The untold story of Capt. James Thain
  • The Irish Times: Disaster leaves bitter legacy
  • The Sportsman: On This Day In 1958: The Munich Air Disaster Decimates Manchester United's Busby Babes

Show Notes:

Stephanie mentions that there is a word for the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own; that word is sonder. The article about words you didn’t know existed but probably would use if you knew about them can be found on Bored Panda.

Credits:

Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered by: Crosse deStreit, Salmon Pond Studios
Sound editing by: Stephanie Hubka
Graphic design and website by: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn

Image Source: The Sportsman

Busby babes before playing their last match. Image Source: Wikipedia

Crashed British European Airways Flight 609. Image Source: PA

The model of plane similar to the one in the crash. Image Source: Wikipedia