Airplane Crash - Ndola, Zambia 09/17/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Ndola, Zambia


Date09/17/1961
Time22:13
LocationNdola, Zambia
OperatorUnited Nations Organization
RouteLeopoldville - Ndola
TypeDouglas DC-6B
RegistrationSE-BDY
Cn/In43559
Aboard16
Fatalities16
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into the jungle approximately 9 miles from the destination airport. UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjöld, 56, killed. The aircraft was allowed to descend too low, resulting in striking trees and crashing. Although the United Nations released a statement that no evidence of sabotage was found, rumors persist about this accident alleging that the victims were shot prior to the crash or that a bomb onboard exploded.

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