Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Was there a cover up over the Dag Hammerskjold air crash?

In 1961 -on the 18th of September - an aircraft carrying Dag Hammerskjold (UN Secretary General) crashed near Ndola in what was then Northern Rhodesia. The crash has never been explained.

As a young photo journalist I was dispatched to the site - it was the first time I had ever seen anything like the carnage. There were pieces of aircraft, baggage and bodies in the trees of the quite dense forest area. The explanation for the disaster has never been published - or perhaps known or covered up and was put down to pilot error.

Very close to this time there was a photograph taken of a sighting made on the Northern Rhodesia/Congo border. It was of a metallic disc-like object. It was taken with a cheap Agfa camera from a helicopter.

When military authorities heard that photographs were being taken of such objects during military exercises in the border area they gave an order for all negatives and photographs to be destroyed.

A man who can only be identified as 'Bob' kept one out of interest. I understood from the late Cynthia Hind that the one remaining photograph was passed onto Spaulding of Ground Saucer Watch.

I have never heard the outcome of the analysis.

Some of the people who viewed the sighting thought it might be a top secret UN craft but from their reports the velocity of the craft plus its shape did not fit into anything they knew was being used in the military exercises.

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