New Inquiry Sought in 1961 Death of Dag Hammarskjold, U.N. Secretary General

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It has been one of Africa’s enduring mysteries, redolent of days when mercenaries roamed the bushlands and outsiders scrambled to exploit a continent’s riches as it struggled for independence: How and why did Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations secretary general, die?

The DC-6 airplane carrying Mr. Hammarskjold, a Swedish diplomat, crashed in September 1961 as it approached Ndola, a mining town in Zambia, which at the time was called Northern Rhodesia. Official inquiries failed to explain what happened.

But last year, a United Nations panel concluded that there was “persuasive evidence that the aircraft was subjected to some form of attack or threat as it circled to land at Ndola.”




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