Airplane Crash - Munich, Germany 02/06/1958

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Munich, Germany


Date02/06/1958
Time14:17
LocationMunich, Germany
OperatorBritish European Airways
Flight #609
RouteMunich - Manchester
TypeAirspeed Ambassador A5-57
RegistrationG-ALZU
Cn/In5217
Aboard44
Fatalities23
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed during takeoff in a snowstorm. The aircraft never lifted from the runway, crashed through the barrier fence and into a house. A German inquiry into the accident concluded that an accumulation of ice on the wings was the cause of the accident. An English inquiry disagreed, stating drag, due to slush on the runway was the cause of the accident. Eight members of the Manchester United football (soccer) team killed. The aircraft was named 'The Elizabethan.'

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