London - The
plane crash in Colombia involving Brazilian football team Chapecoense
Real that killed 71 people is far from the first such tragedy
to strike the world of sport.
Here is a look at six other disasters:
Italy's Torino Grande: 1949
carrying famed Italian football club 'Torino Grande' crashed on its way
back from Portugal on May 4, 1949, killing all 31 passengers and crew. A
reported million people poured into the streets of Turin to bid
farewell to their heroes. Torino Grande were named Italian champions for
the fifth time in a row. The crash had a devastating impact on the
Italian national squad as Torino players were its pillars.
Manchester United's Busby Babes: 1958
two-time defending English champions had just reached the European Cup
semi-finals with a win in Belgrade, but their plane went down in a
snowstorm on February 6, 1958 after a refuelling stop in Munich.
Eight of the 'Busby Babes' - named after manager Matt Busby - died,
including star Duncan Edwards, along with three members of the staff. A
total of 23 people perished. Busby himself received the last rites
twice but remarkably recovered and 10 years later led a new squad of
'Babes' to European Cup glory.
US figure skating team: 1961
18-member team died when their plane crashed in Belgium on February 15,
1961, on their way to compete at the World Championships in the former
Czechoslovakia. Three members of a skating family were among the
victims: US ladies champion Laurence Owens, 16, her sister Maribel, 20,
and their mother and coach Maribel Vinson-Owen, an Olympic bronze
Uruguayan rugby team: 1972
The Andes plane
crash became an extraordinary story of survival. Forty members of
Uruguay's Old Christians rugby club were flying with relatives to Chile
when their plane went down in the remote mountains on October 13, 1972.
Eighteen people died immediately and another 11 succumbed later - many
due to an avalanche that swept over the wreckage. Two survivors made a
10-day trek to a Chilean village to summon help and 16 were rescued more
than two months after the disaster. They had resorted to cannibalism to
Peru's oldest football team: 1987
Peruvian navy plane carrying 43 people, including players and staff from
Alianza Lima, the country's oldest football team, plunged into the
ocean off Lima on December 8, 1987.
The airliner was returning to the capital from the jungle city of
Pucallpa when the pilot reported problems with the landing gear. He
survived and was recovered after floating for hours in choppy seas.
Russian ice hockey team: 2011
first-division Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were wiped
out - including Swedish star Stefan Liv - after their plane crashed
just after taking off for a match in Minsk on September 7, 2011.
Forty-four people died in all. One player survived the crash but died
several days later, and only the flight engineer survived. An
investigation found that one pilot had hit the brakes by accident, while
the other had taken banned medication.