Air disasters in foot­ball his­tory

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The crash in Colom­bia of a plane car­ry­ing the Brazil­ian foot­ball club Chapecoense Real, killing 76 peo­ple, was among the dead­li­est air disasters in the sport’s his­tory. Here are oth­ers on that list:

* May 4, 1949: Eigh­teen play­ers of the Torino foot­ball club, the best in the world at the time, are killed along with 13 other peo­ple when their plane crashes in the Basil­ica of Superga, near Turin, in the first such tragedy to strike the world of foot­ball. * Fe­bru­ary 6, 1958: A plane crash at the Mu­nich air­port kills 23 peo­ple, in­clud­ing eight Manch­ester United play­ers, their coach and two team direc­tors. * April 3, 1961: An air­craft trans­port­ing part of

Chile’s Club de De­portes Green Cross crashes in the An­des, killing 24 peo­ple, among them eight play­ers and two mem­bers of the coach­ing staff. * De­cem­ber 8, 1987: Forty-three peo­ple die when a plane car­ry­ing the Alianza club of Lima goes down in the Pa­cific Ocean. Among the dead are 16 play­ers and the team’s coach. * April 27, 1993: A mil­i­tary air­craft car­ry­ing most of the na­tional team of Zam­bia to a World Cup qual­i­fier in Sene­gal goes down in the At­lantic, claim­ing 30 lives, in­clud­ing 18 play­ers. * November 28, 2016: A char­ter plane car­ry­ing Brazil’s Chapecoense Real crashes in the moun­tains near Medellin, Colom­bia. Six sur­vive, in­clud­ing four play­ers, but as many as 75 oth­ers are killed. — AFP

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