The biggest sport disasters
We present you the unforgettable and biggest tragedies in the world of sports. Accidents, disasters and deaths involving sports prove to be common especially these days.
Chilean soccer team’s plane crash, 1961
LAN Chile Flight 210 crashed in the Andes on 3 April 1961. All 24 people on board were killed, including 8 professional footballers and 2 members of the coaching staff from CD Green Cross
The tragedy of Gate 12, Buenos Aires, 1968
74 people are killed and over 150 injured following a first-division game between River Plate and Boca Juniors when fans trying to leave the stadium mistakenly head toward a closed exit and are crushed against the doors by other fans unaware of the closed passageway.
Viloco Tragedy, 1969
The 1969 soccer season in Bolivia had a short break in September, and so The Strongest from La Paz were invited to a friendly tournament in Santa Cruz on September 24 and 25. During the flight back home it went terribly wrong. The plane crashed somewhere in a nearby mountain area (Viloco). All 78 passenger were killed.
Hillsborough disaster, 1989
The Hillsborough disaster occurred on 15 April 1989 at the 1988–89 FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England.
A crush resulted in the deaths of 96 people and injuries to 766 others. The incident has since been blamed primarily on the police for letting too many people enter the stadium.
Alianza Lima Air Tragedy, 1987
On December 7, 1987, Peruvian First Division Football Club Alianza won the match 2-0 against Deportivo Pucallpa. As the team took a charter flight back the day after, the Peruvian Navy airplane they were on crashed, killing all the members of the team.
Gabon Air Disaster, 1993
On April 27, 1993, all 30 members of the Zambia National Football Team got killed as the plane that was carrying them to Senegal crashed. The team was about to play in the 1994 World Cup Qualification Match.
Luzhniki Disaster, 1982
This disaster took place at the Grand Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium in Russia on October 20, 1982, during the UEFA Cup second round match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem. Around 340 fans of the FC Spartak Moscow died in the stampede.
FC “Pahtakor” Tragedy, 1979
On August, 11th, 1979 in the sky over Dneprodzerzhinsk two planes had accident at once. One of them carried out flight Tashkent-Minsk – there were 83 persons aboard, including 17 football players of the well-known Tashkent team “Pahtakor”. The second plane followed from Chelyabinsk to Kishinev with 89 passengers and six crewmen onboard. As a result of collision of planes 178 persons were lost and among them there was also “Pahtakor” team.
Superga Air Disaster, 1949
The Superga air disaster occurred on 4 May 1949 when the plane, carrying the entire Torino football team crashed into the retaining wall at the back of the Basilica of Superga, which stands on the hill of Turin. There were 31 victims.
Ibrox Disaster, 1971
The 1971 Ibrox disaster was a crush among the crowd at an Old Firm football game, which led to 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries. It happened on 2 January 1971 in an exit stairway at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ibrox Disaster, 1902
The 1902 Ibrox disaster was caused by the collapse of a stand, which led to the deaths of 25 supporters watching a Scotland v England football game. 517 supporters were injured. It happened on 5 April 1902 at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ellis Park Stadium Stampede, 2001
On April 11, 2001, fans attempted to push themselves into the Ellis Park Stadium but were trapped against a barbed wire. The league match between the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates overcrowded the soccer stadium with fans, leading to the death of over 47 people.
Colourful 11 Tragedy, 1989
On June 7, 1989, Suriname Airways Flight 764 was carrying a group of Surinamese/Dutch footballers from Amsterdam when it crashed approaching the Paramaribo Zanderiji Airport in Suriname. The Colourful 11 team as it was known was coming back from a friendly football match in Holland when most of their players were killed.
The Munich Olympics Massacre, 1972
The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, on eleven Israeli Olympic team members, who were taken hostage and eventually killed, along with a German police officer, by the Palestinian group Black September.
Munich air disaster, 1958
The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes”, along with supporters and journalists. 20 of the 44 on the aircraft died.