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Munson, 32, killed in plane crash

Updated: July 27, 2001, 11:22 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 2, 1979

Thurman Munson, the New York Yankees' first captain since Lou Gehrig, is killed when the plane he is piloting crashes short of the runway on an attempted landing at the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio.

The Cessna Citation twin-engine jet loses its wings and bursts into flames after the crash. The two passengers try to remove Munson from the plane, but they can't because of the fire. The two are taken to the hospital with burns. Munson had a passion for flying ...

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