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3 Lessons pilots can learn from the 1958 Munich plane crash which killed 7 Manchester United players

February 6 1958 was a bad day for millions of football fans all over the world. It was the day when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed and killed 23 out of 40 people who were in the aircraft. The sad incident occurred at the Munich Riem Airport, West Germany. The aircraft was carrying Manchester United players, fans, and some journalists. Out of 40 people who were in the aircraft, 20 died on the spot, while 3 died at the hospital.

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The Munich plane crash was very sad but there are some lessons that modern-day pilots can learn from the Munich plane crash. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the important things that modern-day pilots can learn from the mistakes that were made by the two pilots who were in charge of the ill-fated Flight 609.

1. The pilots shouldn't have attempted a third take-off after failing in the previous two attempts:

One of the things every pilot must learn from the Munich plane crash is the need to realize when to call it quits instead of relying on luck. In 1958, the ill-fated flight was coming back from a football match that took place in Belgrade. The pilots of the flight had to stop in Munich to refuel because the flight can't journey from Belgrade to Manchester without refueling.

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After refueling, pilots Kenneth Rayment and James Thain tried to take off two times but failed. The left engine of the flight was experiencing a boost surging. Captain James Thain decided to attempt a third take-off instead of agreeing to spend the night in Munich. By the time he decided to attempt the third take-off, snow was already falling. Bad weather and snow have already gathered at the airport. The high level of snow made the aircraft crash into a nearby building. Modern-day pilots must learn how to be patient whenever they experience difficulty while attempting to take off.

2. Pilots must understand the need to always be wary of bad weather conditions:

The Munich crash opened our eyes to the need to always consider weather conditions before attempting any take-off. Before the Munich crash occurred, snow was already falling at the airport. The heavy snow caused a layer of slush to form at the end of the runway. The slush which had formed at the end of the runway was the major reason why the aircraft hit a fence and crash into a nearby building.

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Bad weather conditions can affect the safety of passengers in any aircraft. If the pilots had taken note of the bad weather conditions and cancel the proposed take-off until the following morning, the crash would have been avoided. Modern-day pilots must never forget the importance of properly observing the weather condition before attempting take-off.

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