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The Guardian: Air strikes may have taken the life of former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld

The UN report released last month indicates that attacks from another aircraft caused Hammarskjöld's plane to crash. 


The report was written by Tanzania's former Supreme Court Justice Mohamed Chande Othman, who has, among other things, examined previously classified information from US, English, Canadian, Belgian and German authorities. Most relevant were intercepted radio messages, and Othman believes the United States and Britain probably possess several classified ones that can clarify what caused the plane crash that killed Hammarskjöld and 15 others in 1961.

Conspiracy theories. Hammarskjöld was on his way to peace talks between the British colonial power and Congolese Katanga rebels when the plane boarded in Zambia. British-led investigations at the time pointed to pilot failures as a cause of failure, while the UN Commission concluded a open verdict. Suspicious circumstances have made the plane crash subject to conspiracy theories over the years. Convicted by Göran Björklund and Susan Williams (author of Who Killed Hammer Shield?), the UN case reopened in 2015.

Distorted testimonies. The Othman report indicates that the investigations of the time overlooked the locals' testimonies about another plane, gleams of light in the sky and that the Hammarskjöld plane was on fire before the crash. "Underrated" was also the testimony of someone who survived the crash, but later died – he had seen sparks in the air just before the crash.
Othman believes it is plausible that the aircraft was attacked or threatened by another aircraft so it crashed. Countries that can hold relevant information are now encouraged to fine-tune their archives for more that can shed light on the matter.

See also: Dag Hammarskjöld, seer and explorer

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