Fifty seven years ago, a plane crash in Munich claimed the lives of 23 Manchester United players, supporters, and journalists. The "Busby Babes" were returning from a European Cup quarterfinal match against Red Star Belgrade in was was then Yugoslavia and were stopping in Munich to refuel the plane. The plane failed to take off, running off the runway, and striking a house.
Many memorials have been been created in the following years, and Sir Bobby Charlton joined Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and other dignitaries at the Bayern Munich Erlebniswelt where the club placed a permanent monument honoring those who lost their lives on that day.
Sir Bobby Charlton & Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commemorate the Munich air disaster of 1958. @ManUtd #flowersofmanchester pic.twitter.com/aWgH4RFeoh— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 6, 2015
"Thank you, Bayern Munich," a clearly emotional Charlton said. "We're happy to be here. I'm proud to have so many friends at Bayern Munich and in Munich."