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U.N. Considers Reopening Probe into 1961 Crash that Killed Dag Hammarskjöld

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Post by greg parker on Tue 20 May 2014, 9:41 am

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303908804579566353895658502?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303908804579566353895658502.html

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Post by greg parker on Tue 20 May 2014, 10:14 am

Hours after a plane carrying the UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, crashed over central Africa in September 1961, the US ambassador to Congo sent a cable to Washington claiming that the aircraft could have been shot down by a Belgian mercenary pilot.

In the newly declassified document, the ambassador, Ed Gullion, does not directly implicate the Belgian or Rhodesian governments in what he calls "this operation", but calls for US pressure on them to ground the mercenary, adding it was "obviously [a] matter of highest importance". He said the pilot had been hampering UN operations and warned that if not stopped "he may paralyse air-rescue operations".

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/04/dag-hammarskjold-plane-shot-down-mercenary-cable

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Post by greg parker on Tue 20 May 2014, 10:18 am

greg parker wrote:Hours after a plane carrying the UN secretary general, Dag Hammarskjöld, crashed over central Africa in September 1961, the US ambassador to Congo sent a cable to Washington claiming that the aircraft could have been shot down by a Belgian mercenary pilot.

In the newly declassified document, the ambassador, Ed Gullion, does not directly implicate the Belgian or Rhodesian governments in what he calls "this operation", but calls for US pressure on them to ground the mercenary, adding it was "obviously [a] matter of highest importance". He said the pilot had been hampering UN operations and warned that if not stopped "he may paralyse air-rescue operations".

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/04/dag-hammarskjold-plane-shot-down-mercenary-cable
The mercenary in question died in 2007.

This case should give a glimmer of hope that 50 + year old cases can be reopened - even after the main suspect has died.

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Post by Terry W. Martin on Tue 20 May 2014, 11:10 am

It is the brightest glimmer of hope we have seen in many a year!

I read somewhere years ago that there was a supposed connection between the two cases. It would be nice if it reared its head again.

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Post by greg parker on Tue 20 May 2014, 11:14 am

terlin wrote:It is the brightest glimmer of hope we have seen in many a year!

I read somewhere years ago that there was a supposed connection between the two cases. It would be nice if it reared its head again.

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During a thirty-five-month period from January 1961 to November 1963 the politics and foreign relations of southern Africa were drastically altered by the deaths of Patrice Lumumba, Dag Hammarskjöld, and John F. Kennedy. Aside from Kwame Nkrumah, these three men were at the time arguably the most polarizing figures in Africa, adored by African nationalists and despised by the racist white settlers who dominated the politics of the southern half of the continent. Each of these three men, from separate continents yet all champions for the idea of self-determination in Africa, died violent deaths, the details of which remain shrouded in mystery to this day. 
http://www.dag-hammarskjold.com/interpreting-hammarskjold-s-political-wisdom/who-killed-hammarskj-ld-susan-williams-formidable-book/

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Post by 9K116 on Sat 25 Jul 2015, 6:37 am

I will just leave it here: https://news.vice.com/article/what-does-the-uk-know-about-the-mysterious-plane-crash-that-killed-a-un-secretary-general?utm_source=vicenewstwitter
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Post by Terry W. Martin on Sat 25 Jul 2015, 11:03 am

Thanks, 9K116!

I certainly wish they would solve that case.
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Post by barto on Fri 12 Aug 2016, 7:35 am

http://www.ctka.net/2016/jfk-hammarskjold/hammarskjold-and-kennedy-vs-power-elite.html

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