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The Amazing Desert Memorial For The Victims of UTA Flight 772 Bombing


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The motive for this little-known plane bombing in 1989 was the Chad-Libyan conflict, in which Chad was supported by the French army. The plane was on route to Paris and one of the perpetrators later convicted - but never jailed, as Libya refused extradiction - was a brother-in-law of dictator Muammar Gaddafi himself.


170 people were killed. Victims were of many nationalities, including 54 French, 48 Congolese, 7 Americans and 3 Canadians.


The plane was torn apart by a suitcase bomb, but pieces are still found today near the main crash site.




A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense. But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown. I noticed a tiny icon that looked like an airplane.










Source with more pictures: http://www.viralnova.com/i-noticed-this-tiny-thing-on-google-maps-and-when-i-zoomed-in-well-nothing-could-prepare-me/


The memorial as seen on Google Earth satellite images: http://goo.gl/maps/U0YrA




What an incredible memorial. Far away from the nearest inhabited place, deep in the Sahara desert, and built by families of the victims of themselves. Truly, truly impressive.


Airline UTA (Union de Transports A?riens) later became a part of Air France, for those wondering.

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