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Kenny Morgans, British soccer player survived 1958 Munich air disaster

Twenty-one persons including seven England's champiManchester United soccer team were killed Feb. 7 1958 near Munich when two-engined chartered British

Twenty-one persons including seven of England's champion Manchester United soccer team were killed, Feb. 7, 1958 near Munich, when a two-engined chartered British European Airways plane crashed during take off. Twenty-three were injured, some of them critically. Picture shows the plane wreckage. (AP Photo/Heinrich Sanden)

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Updated: December 24, 2012 7:24AM

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United says Kenny Morgans, who survived the Munich air disaster in 1958, has died. He was 73.

The club said on its website that Mr. Morgans became ill Saturday evening and died in a hospital.

A total of 23 people died Feb. 6, 1958, when the plane carrying United’s young team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes,” crashed on the runway at Munich-Riem Airport during its third attempt at taking off on a snowy runway.

Mr. Morgans made a full recovery and resumed his playing career. The Welsh winger made 23 first-team appearances for United before joining Swansea in 1961 and Newport County in 1964. He retired three years later.

Mr. Morgans returned to United for its 50th anniversary of the Munich tragedy four years ago and was guest of honor at an Association of Former Manchester United Players dinner.


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