1960 Danish football air crash

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1960 Danish football air crash
A Dragon Rapide similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 16 July 1960
Summary loss of control in severe weather
Site Øresund
Passengers 8
Crew 1
Injuries (non-fatal) 1
Fatalities 8
Survivors 1
Aircraft type de Havilland Dragon Rapide
Operator Zonens Redningskorps
Flight origin Copenhagen Airport
Destination Herning 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.[1][2]


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.[1] 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.[1]

The dead were:[1]

Player Age Club Caps Position Day-job Notes
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.[1]

Second aircraft[edit]

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.[1] These were all youth players.[1] Dyreborg was demoted from the first plane to make room for a kit basket.[1]


After the accident, the Danish FA considered withdrawing from the Olympic tournament.[1] In the event, they won the silver medal, losing to Yugoslavia in the final.[1][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kleiner, Allan Helleskov; Tommy Heisz (16 July 2010). "I dag er et trist jubilæum for dansk fodbold" (in Danish). Politiken. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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.