Episode 15: The 1958 Munich Air Disaster

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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.


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