15 air crashes that claimed the lives of entire sports teams
Athletes fly often - the competitions, workshops, trainings. And representatives of team sports also depart together. Therefore, many cases in the history of modern sport, when perished in a plane crash a whole sports team, statistically understandable. But this did not detract from the pain with family, friends and fans. Today we remember the most tragic plane crash in the history of the sport.
The death of Yaroslavl "Locomotive"
Yaroslavl "Lokomotiv" did not achieve much success for over a decade, since the former head coach Vladimir Vuytek in 2003 left the team, get a better offer from former rivals - Kazan "Ak Bars". This, however, did not prevent the team to begin each season with full dedication. At the beginning of the 2011-12 season's team set out to follow the same course as a member of the Continental Hockey League. However, September 7, 2011 while flying to Minsk for the first game of the season almost all the crew perished in the crash. Yak-42, which flew Yaroslavl "Locomotive" crashed within seconds after taking off from the airport Yaroslavl "Tunoshna". One of the star players in the team was Alexander Galimov, whose efforts in the games eve of the season the team scored seven wins and two defeats. It Galimov scored the last goal in the game "Locomotive" before the crash. Galimov survived the crash but died in hospital five days later. The rest of the players as well as coaches and technical staff of the team died on the spot, as the rest of the passengers and crew members, with the exception of crew engineer Alexander Sizov. Cause of the accident crew error was recognized, which, as it turned out, was not sufficiently prepared for flight on machines of this type.
The plane crash that changed wrestling
This crash resulted in serious injuries to participants and completed two careers. However, if the injuries of those who survived were serious, all sports and entertainment industry have changed beyond recognition. Aboard a private jet Cessna-310, was heading 4 September 1975 from Charlotte to Wilmington, North Carolina, were promoter David Crockett and four wrestlers - Mr. Wrestling II of, Bobby Bryudzhes, Johnny Valentine and Ric Flair. plane crash was the result of crew errors, miscalculated the amount of fuel. As recognized by the survivors when the plane began to fall, they were convinced that this is the end. However, as a result of the disaster only killed the pilot, who died from his injuries two months later. Valentine was paralyzed, and his career ended. Bryudzhes also retired from the sport, though retaining the ability to walk. Why is this catastrophe could change the face of the industry? The fact that Flair and Valentine, according to legend, were the "bad guys", warring with Mr. Wrestling, and the industry has long tried to hide the truth about the disaster, do not tell anyone about the participation of Mr. Wrestling in flight. He himself, fortunately, was able to maintain the legend of the cover - are alive and well, Mr. Restnling entered the ring just two weeks after the accident.
aircraft "Gran Torino"
Italian, and maybe even world football, I did not know the team has such an indisputable superiority over his rivals as "Gran Torino" - a nickname received in 1940 a team of Italian football club "Torino". The team has won five consecutive national cups and went on to win, while a plane crash May 4, 1949 the first not claimed the lives of 18 players and 13 teams of employees. "Gran Torino" was the team picked up the piece: the owner of the club, "Torino" Ferrutsio Novo was one of the first specialists in the sports world who put the search for talent on a professional basis. Club "Torino" won championships in 1941 and up to 1949, with the exception of 1945-45, when the national championship was not carried out. In the championship of 1949, they also considered the undisputed favorites to the day of the crash, which happened while returning players with a friendly game in Lisbon. The cause of the accident was pilot error, lost control in bad weather conditions. National Football Federation, in the end, decided to award the team champion title in 1949 as a sign of supreme justice: after all, had it not been that ill-fated accident, his team undoubtedly would have received.
aircraft "Busby Babes" in Munich
"Busby Babes", who came to the big football from junior school pupils of coach, "Manchester Yunayteds" Matt Busby, were very young - all of them was in his early twenties. However, the pupils of the youth "Manchester" team since childhood playing together, were a solid team of professionals, and after coming into the first team won the FA Cup twice - in season 1955-56 and 1956-57. Fans adored them not only talent, but also for the fact that they were all pupils of the club, not the players bought in other clubs, at that time just coming into fashion. Alas, their success was interrupted by a plane crash in Munich February 6, 1958, which killed eight key players in the team, and two others were seriously injured. The plane tried to take off during a snowstorm, barely left the ground and crashed soon. The disaster made such a painful impression on the British that even the Queen expressed personal condolences not only to the families and friends of the victims, but also to the people of England as a whole.
The death in the crash of American figure skating team
In 1961 figunoe skating in the United States was at its peak. The leader of the national figure skating team, Laurence Owen, even appeared on the eve of the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague on the cover of the popular magazine Sports Illustrated. Two days after the issue was released, Owen and other members of the national team were tragically killed in a plane crash in Brussels. The plane that brought skaters in Europe, exploded at contingency landing. All the 72 passengers, including the national team athletes and their families, were killed instantly. It turned out to be the only surviving dog flying in the luggage compartment. World figure skating was shocked. World Championship in Prague was canceled after the news of the disaster, and the Americans were so shocked that for a long time have lost interest in figure skating, undermined by bad memories. Even President Kennedy was shocked so much that with words of condolence to the people spoke on behalf of the brother, Senator Robert Kennedy.
The death of a "strong"
"The Strongest" Bolivian team knowingly wore so self-confident name: it really shone for many years in the national championship. In September 1969, the team arrived in the friendly match in Santa Cruz. After playing, the players, "strong" September 26, 1969 at the DC-6 airplane headed to his home in the city of La Paz. But on that day in the country by a military coup. In the confusion of the plane with the players mysteriously disappeared from the radar and was discovered only a day later crashed near the village of Forks. All passengers - 81 people - were killed, including 17 players, the coach and the team manager and technical officer.
Death of the American football team of Marshall University
For the small town of Huntington in West Virginia in 1970 was marked by the success of the local team of Marshall University American football "thundering horde." Being a local team, "Horde" rarely traveled by plane, and the joint flight November 14, 1970 was almost the first in its practice. Why the plane crashed, the investigation has not been able to understand. On board were 37 crew members, including 9 coaches, and some fans. Given the number of victims, this disaster is considered to be the most massive tragedy in American sports history.
The death of "Pakhtakor"
The death of the football team "Pakhtakor" - perhaps the most famous tragedy in the history of Soviet sport. Tashkent "Pakhtakor" was one of the most successful football teams of the USSR. August 11, 1979 the team flew to the Tu-134 Minsk to meet with Minsk "Dynamo". Manager noticed too late that the plane was dangerously moving closer to the air with another TU-134. He gave the command to disperse the aircraft, but the team has not been received by the crews - and the wing of one of the aircraft fuselage ripped another. This caused an explosion of both vehicles in the air. All 178 passengers of both flights were killed, including 17 players and coaches, "Pakhtakor". According to rumors, this day was flying Leonid Brezhnev, causing confusion on the airways. Despite the tragedy, the survivors of the players, "Pakhtakor" back on the field after only 12 days after the tragedy, to continue to play in the national championship, thus rendering homage to their fallen comrades.
The death of Evansville basketball
In 1977, the University of Evansville basketball team preparing for a difficult start of the season. The main problem was the team trainer care, Arad MakKutchena, worked for many years with the team. MakKutchen was very popular in Evansville: Time magazine even called it "the pride and passion" of the local basketball team. But "Purple Aces" is not going to give up, even though the season started badly: three defeats against one victory. However, members of the team were determined when the December 3, 1977 went to the match with the Central University of Tennessee team. Flight delayed for several hours due to bad weather conditions. When the plane is still off the ground, he stayed in the air only a minute and a half, and then fell to the ground. Among the causes of the disaster was later called, in particular, overload luggage. The crash killed 17 crew members. Later, University of Evansville opened in honor of the victims memorial "Crying basketball."
The death of the national team of Zambia
Zambia national football team in 1993 the sample was considered the best in the history of the country. Soccer has always been popular in the African country, especially during the reign of President Kenneth Kaunda, who spared no resources for its development. After displacement Kaunda became less money, but the national team, in spite of poverty, remained one of the best in Africa. However, the team had to cut myself all over, including in transport costs. To fly to the World Cup qualifying match with the national team of Senegal in Dakar, the team had to rent an airplane Zambia Air Force. Alas, the national air forces were in a deplorable state. April 27, 1993 while flying one of the engines of the plane caught fire. Pilot fatal error made off and the second motor, after which the aircraft entirely out of control and collapsed. All 18 players who were on board were killed.
The air crash of the American boxing team
As is known, the US team, among the 65 countries boycotted the Moscow Olympics-80. However, the US boxing team in any case would not be able to take part in the Olympic competition due to a terrible plane crash, which occurred March 14, 1980 of the first and claimed the lives of 14 athletes and 8 team of employees. Boxers were sent to the competition in Poland, when their plane crashed on approach to Warsaw. Just crash killed 87 passengers. The best athletes of the crashed experts considered the champion of the Pan American Games Lemuel Steeples.
The death of "eleven colorful"
These Dutch footballer of Surinamese origin were true humanists: they played in a charity match, collecting thus the tools for working with children from socially disadvantaged areas, to engage in sports and helping to find the right path in life. They were called "eleven colorful" - as a sign that they bring to the lives of children from the poorest families bright colors. In fact, the team members had more - a total of about two dozen people. Another charity match with their participation was to be held in the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo. But he did not take place: fifteen players on the team were killed in an air crash in Paramaribo June 7, 1989 which killed 176 passengers and crew members flying from Europe to South America. Two other team members, including the legend of Dutch football Ruud Gullit refused from the flight at the last moment, and so be saved. As it turned out later, the accident occurred due to the fact that while landing at the airport in Paramaribo plane touched the top of the tree.
The death in a plane crash Hendrick Motosport team
The death of the rider on the track, though rarely, but it happens, but the death of the riders in the crash - an exceptional case. Meanwhile, it was he and occurred on October 24, 2004, when a plane crash killed 10chelovek of Hendrick Motorsport team, including team owner Rick Hendrick's son, NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, his older brother and nieces. On this day, the team successfully participated in competitions at the Autotrack in Marisville. Message about the crash, which killed 10 people, came within minutes after the news of the victory of the racer Jimmie Johnson on the track. Cause of the accident later be called a combination of pilot error and difficult to fly foggy weather.
aircraft "Kovboek Oklahoma"
In November 2011, the women's basketball team lost Oklahoma head coach Kurt booth and his assistant Miranda Serna. They and two other passengers were killed in the crash of a small private plane on which the coach and his assistant were returning home from a trip where they pick up new players for his team. Kurt booth girls from the basketball team was considered the real father, and his assistant was regarded as a sister. Besides them, the crash killed Sen. Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula. The most incredible, that in five years the commission to investigate the accident and was unable to establish the cause. Behind the controls of the aircraft was Senator Branstetter that not dispatchers reported no turbulence or other problems associated with the weather. It has not been confirmed and the version that the senator became ill, and he lost control of the car. Technical failures also have been identified. Which is why the plane crashed, we are still a mystery.
The death of "Cowboys from Oklahoma"
The long history of tragedies associated with the University of Oklahoma, started in January 2001, when 10 members of the University men's basketball team were killed in the crash of a small private plane. The team was returning home after the defeat of "Colorado Buffaloz" to regroup and gather in front of the following games. But the pilot of the aircraft disoriented during a snowstorm, and the car fell to the ground. The players and the fans, "Cowboys from Oklahoma" still remember the dead players and coaches of mourning anthem "We remember the top ten." In addition, in honor of the dead on the campus constructed a memorial, and every year in memory of the dead are sports competitions.