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Harry Gregg: Munich air disaster pilot 'hung out to dry'

Manchester United goalkeeping legend Harry Gregg has contributed to a fresh re-examination of the Munich air crash, insisting the pilot blamed was made a scapegoat.

The 79-year-old former Northern Ireland international, who was hailed a hero after returning to the wreckage of the plane to save fellow passengers, said he believed Captain James Thain was hung out to dry in the wake of the February 1958 disaster.

Twenty-three people, including eight members of United's famous ‘Busby Babes’ team, died after their plane ploughed off the runway and crashed into a building on the third attempt to take off in wintry conditions.

They had stopped off in Munich to refuel on the way back from playing a European Cup quarter final in Belgrade, in the then Yugoslavia.

Gregg has taken part in the new documentary produced by National Geographic Channel into the events of that fateful day and Capt Thain's subsequent decade-long battle to clear his name.

“He was badly treated,” said the Ulster man.

“He was made the scapegoat.”

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