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It Took Decades to Solve This UN Plane Crash Mystery

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It Took Decades to Solve This UN Plane Crash Mystery

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Over a half century after the crash of UN DC-6 on September 18, 1961, a new investigation is launched. It would finally put to rest the mystery of a crash that claimed the life of UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold.

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It's 1961. Air traffic controllers and local dignitaries in Ndola, Africa await the arrival of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, flying in on a top-secret peace mission. But the plane never arrives, and is found the next morning crashed and burning just a few miles from the airport. For decades, conspiracy theories have suggested that the plane was shot down. Now, startling new claims from a former U.S. intelligence officer have triggered a new investigation to get to the bottom of this controversial, decades-long aviation mystery.

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