On September 19, 1989, UTA flight 772 took off from took off from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo on a non-stop flight to Paris, France. It never reached its destination because it was destroyed by a bomb over the Ténéré Desert in Niger. All 156 passengers and 14 crew members were killed.
The families, led by Guillaume Denoix de Saint Marc, whose father was one of the victims, organized an effort to build a memorial to those lost in the attack in one of the most inhospitable deserts in the world. You can read details of the effort as well as successful efforts to solve the crime and get some restitution for the families of the vctim's families HERE. You can read the original post in the oGEC archives HERE. You can find the web page created by Les Familles de l'Attentat du DC10 d'UTA here. (Google translate is very helpful if you don't read French).
The way the monument appeared in 2007
The way the memorial looked in 2014 imagery
The attachment shows the memorial's original appearance in 2007
KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
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syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
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syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
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syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
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