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Former F1 champion Lauda dead at 70

 

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FILE PHOTO: Niki Lauda poses at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

 

(Reuters) - Three-times Formula One champion Niki Lauda has died at 70, months after having a lung transplant, his former racing team McLaren confirmed on Tuesday.

 

"All at McLaren are deeply saddened to learn that our friend, colleague and 1984 Formula 1 World Champion, Niki Lauda, has passed away," the team said.

"Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history."

 

Lauda, who was hospitalised in January for about 10 days while suffering from influenza, died on Monday surrounded by family, according to a family statement published by Austrian media.

 

"His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain a role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed," the statement added.

 

Lauda won three world titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984 with Mercedes and Ferrari.

 

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

 

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3 minutes ago, ezzra said:

Will never forget Lauda air crash in Suphanburi in 1991 and what a display of disgusting animal like a human being behaviour of the locals who out of sheer greed pillaged and looted everything in sight hindering and obstructing search and rescue operation, will never forget...

I am glad you mentioned that, it saved me the bother.

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15 minutes ago, dabhand said:

Very sad, but what a life he had.

 

On top of the F1 crash and the obvious health impact on his later life, the 1991 Lauda Air crash in Thailand also comes to mind. It is quite chilling to read the background to the crash and Lauda's subsequent efforts to prove that the cause behind the crash was aircraft and not pilot related. Despite much obfuscation by Boeing, Lauda made huge personal efforts to prove his case - seems nothing much changes in the world of Boeing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauda_Air_Flight_004

 

What a guy. He will be missed.

 

Cause of the crash was deployment of thrust reverse, seen it on air crash investigation a while ago, was another plane crash in Sao Paulo exact same reason. 

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4 hours ago, ezzra said:

Will never forget Lauda air crash in Suphanburi in 1991 and what a display of disgusting animal like a human being behaviour of the locals who out of sheer greed pillaged and looted everything in sight hindering and obstructing search and rescue operation, will never forget...

I saw that as well, with my own eyes. Wife, daughter and I were returning to Bkk when it happened. I had my semi-pro camera gear with me and thought I could get some pics I could sell, but there were so many people pouring into the area and so much hysteria that my wife begged me to leave. Before we left we saw people carrying objects that looked like wreckage. Later, I read the stories ....

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