1960 Danish football air crash
A Dragon Rapide similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||16 July 1960|
|Summary||loss of control in severe weather|
|Aircraft type||de Havilland Dragon Rapide|
|Flight origin||Copenhagen Airport|
On 16 July 1960, after taking off from Copenhagen Airport at 15.38 local time, a de Havilland Dragon Rapide plane, (registration OY-DZY) chartered to the Danish Football Association, crashed into the Øresund about 50 metres from shore after the pilot lost control of the aircraft in severe weather. All eight passengers died; the pilot survived but required a leg amputated.
The plane was carrying eight association football players to Herning Airport for a final trial match at Herning stadium to select the Danish squad for the 1960 Olympic tournament. Three of the eight had been provisionally selected for the squad; the rest were B-team and youth internationals with a last chance to impress the selectors.
The dead were:
|Jensen, Per FunchPer Funch Jensen||21||KB||4||Goalkeeper||Butcher||Selected for the Olympics.|
|Jensen, Erik PondalErik Pondal Jensen||29||AB||20||Half-back||Engineer||First reserve for the Olympics.|
|Krahmer, KurtKurt Krahmer||21||KB||0 (8 youth, 1 B cap)||Winger||Student teacher|
|Andersen, SørenSøren Andersen||23||Frem||0||Striker||Warehouse worker|
|Larsen, Børge BastholmBørge Bastholm Larsen||29||Køge||11||Back||Customs official||Selected for the Olympics.|
|Karlsen, ArneArne Karlsen||20||KB||3||Centre half||Blacksmith's apprentice||Selected for the Olympics.|
|Eskildsen, IbIb Eskildsen||19||Frem||0 (had youth caps)||Forward||Apprentice mechanic|
|Spalk, ErlingErling Spalk||19||Ikast||0||Centre half||On military service|
Two fishermen found pilot Stig Vindeløv alive in the wreckage, along with Per Funch Jensen, who died en route to hospital.
A smaller plane waiting for clearance to take off when the accident occurred was due to carry four other players to the same match: Erik Dyreborg, Hans Christian Andersen, Bent Jørgensen, and Bjarne Eklund. These were all youth players. Dyreborg was demoted from the first plane to make room for a kit basket.
- Kleiner, Allan Helleskov; Tommy Heisz (16 July 2010). "I dag er et trist jubilæum for dansk fodbold" (in Danish). Politiken. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Madsen, Frederik. "7. kapitel: ZR's Flyvetjeneste". Zone-Redningskorpset i Danmark (in Danish). Museum for Zone-Redningskorpset. ISBN 978-979-8191-75-6. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Organizing Committee of the Games of the XVII Olympiad (1960). The Games of the XVII Olympiad: Rome 1960; Official Report (PDF). Vol.2. p. 240.