Basketball legend Kobe Bryant of the US died on January 26 (local time) after the helicopter crashed and caught fire on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The accident recalled aviation tragedies in the past that have deprived many world sports legends.
Here are 6 tragedy of aviation world sports.
1958: Manchester United
The plane carrying members of the Manchester United club crashed in Germany upon returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade. Eight players and 3 other employees were killed after the accident. The team of legendary coach Matty Busby then won the European Cup in 1968 and a walkway under Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium was named the “Munich Tunnel” in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the accident.
1961: American figure skating
All 18 athletes on the American team figure skating died on their way to Prague to compete in the World Championship when their plane crashed while approaching the airport in Brussels (Belgium). The tournament was later canceled and the entire team and their coach were honored at the American Skating Hall of Fame in January 2011.
1972: Old Christians rugby club
The Uruguayan team lost 12 members when the plane took off in Santiago (Chile) in a remote area of the Andes Mountains. After running out of food due to being in the middle of the snow, the survivors even had to eat dead flesh and they were found 71 days after the accident. Books, films and documentaries have been shown of the accident and the pedestrians later made it to the site of the accident at 3,570 meters to honor and remember the unfortunate athletes.
2016: Chapecoense Club
A flight from Bolivia to Colombia carrying 77 people claimed the lives of 19 members of the Brazilian team after kicking the Copa Sudamericana final leg. The title was later awarded to Chapecoense Club at the request of their rival Atletico Nacional. The Spanish club Barcelona also held a friendly match with Chapecoense less than a year later to raise funds when one of Alan Ruschel’s survivors played their first match since the incident.
2018: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Leicester City club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when the helicopter carrying him and four others crashed outside the King’s Power Stadium a few hours after an English Premier League match.
Thousands of “Foxes” fans (nicknamed Leicester club) took a walk to remember the victims before their next match and the son of the Thai billionaire Aiyawatt came to control. take control of the UK team.
2019: Emiliano Sala
The Argentine striker was traveling by plane from Nantes to Wales to finish joining the Premier League club Cardiff City but the plane carrying him crashed in the English Channel.
To date, the accident still has unresolved issues surrounding the death of the ill-fated player, such as a payment of 17 million euros already agreed for a transfer between the two teams.