A dark chapter in the history of Manchester United is the Munich Air Disaster. On the 6th of February 1958 a British Airways flight crashed upon take off at Munich-Riem Airport in Munich, West Germany. This year, on the 6th of February 2014 marks the 56th anniversary. There were 44 people on the aircraft and twenty died including 8 Manchester United players and 3 staff members.
At the 5Oth Anniversary a memorial service was held together with the opening of the Munich Tunnel at Old Trafford. The Munich Tunnel runs along Old Trafford’s South Stand and charts the early years of manager Sir Matt Busby, the Munich crash and how remarkably the club went on to win the European cup in 1968. The opening of the tunnel has “The Eternal Flame” encased with a plaque and burns in memory of all that died in the plane crash.
The Munich Tunnel provides a great memorial to those that lost their lives on the 6th of February 1958 and provides various plaques that tell a part of the Manchester United story. Although sombre the Munich Tunnel tells a story that every football fan will find interesting.