The Death of Dag Hammarskjöld

On the night of 17-18 September 1961, during a UN mission to try to negotiate peace in the Congo, Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crashed near Ndola airport in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). All of the 16 passengers and crew perished.

The UN report on the cause of crash in 1962 was inconclusive and UN resolutions since have called for further inquiries into the crash conditions and circumstances. What remains unquestioned though is that Dag Hammarskjöld has left a lasting legacy, one that will forever be an example for those who follow in his footsteps.