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On the 6th February 1958, British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from Munich-Riem Airport in Munich, West Germany. On board the plane was the Manchester United football team.

8 Manchester United players were killed as a result of the crash - Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam 'Billy' Whelan.

Among the survivors was 26-year-old Bill Foulkes, Manchester United's centre back, who went on to play 688 times for the club between 1952 and 1970, winning 4 First Division titles, an FA Cup, and the European Cup. Foulkes died today, aged 81.

In a statement on its website, Manchester United said: 'Manchester United is very sad to report that legendary centre-back Bill Foulkes has passed away, aged 81.

'Foulkes joined the club in 1950 and made his United debut two years later against Liverpool. The St Helens-born centre-half, a Munich air disaster survivor, went on to make 688 appearances for the Reds during 18 seasons at Old Trafford. Only three men have bettered that total - Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes'.

Foulkes passed away on the 8th anniversary of the death of another Manchester United legend - George Best, who died on 25 November 2005 a result of a lung infection and multiple organ failure. Best would have been 67 today.

 

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