On September 19, 1989, international passenger plane UTA Flight 772 was en route from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. Tragically, the aircraft never made it to its destination as a bomb in the cargo hold blew up, causing it to break up over the Sahara desert.
The explosion, which later became known as the deadliest plane-related incidents in Niger, claimed the lives of all the 156 passengers and 14 crew members. French investigators later confirmed that it was an attack by Libyan terrorists.
Fast forward to 2007, Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC-10 d’UTA, an associated of the victims’ families, created a beautiful memorial for their departed loved ones. Now the said memorial is visible via Google Maps and Google Earth.
Wreckage of UTA Flight 772 as seen in the Tenere region of the Sahara Desert.
All 170 passengers and crew members onboard died.
18 years after the incident, families of the victims began building a memorial on the crash site.
Because the crash happened at a remote location, debris of the aircraft can still be found on the site.
With help from locals, Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC-10 d’UTA created the memorial.
The 200-foot diameter circle memorial was mostly built by hand.
The dark stones used were brought to the site by truck from more than 70 km away.
The memorial was built from May to June 2007.
170 broken mirrors were placed around the memorial to represent each of the victims.
The plane’s starboard wing was brought to the site from 10 miles away and was used to anchor the memorial.
Eventually, a plaque listing the victims’ names was also installed on the wing.
According to reports, the memorial was partially funded by the $170M compensation given by the government of Libya.
The work is done: The memorial as it appears on the site today.
The memorial is visible both in Google Earth and Google Maps.
In case you are interested to check it online, the memorial’s coordinates are 16°51′ 53, N “11° 57′ 13, E.
Awesome World Map Shows Literal Translations of Every Country’s Name
Do you know the meaning of your country’s name?
Created by Australia-based company Credit Card Compare, this cool world map has recently been making rounds on the internet. The said map has sparked the interest of numerous netizens from across the globe as it featured literal translations of country names.
Of course, one thing we’ve immediately realized while looking at it is that certain factors are considered when it comes to naming countries – from geographical locations and wildlife, to popular persons, among many others.
You’ll see what that means as you scroll down below and see how the names turned out. ...
9 Interesting Facts About Al Capone
The Scarface was indeed a strange and interesting guy.
Almost everyone in this world knows Al Capone as someone who was badass. Widely known as “Scarface,” the notorious US gangster was among America’s most feared gang leaders. And, of course, there was every reason to be. Although the infamous (and bloody) St. Valentine’s Day Massacre brought him his downfall, this guy lived to be a legend.
The massacre, in particular, saw at least seven rival gang members brutally gunned down. Unfortunately for Capone, this severely damaged his public reputation. This mess particularly hurt his image in Chicago where he had built up his criminal empire.
Although the Scarface was widely known for his criminal activities, he still had some strange and interesting stories to share.
US Army Built a Fake Town to Hide Boeing Factory From Air Strikes During WWII
Consider the cost of each plane, the military really had to go the extra mile.
During the infamous World War 2, one B-17 Bomber would cost more or less $200,000 to produce. And in today’s economy, it is around $3.4 million. With the US Army requesting thousands of these planes, they would take every possible measure just to secure the Boeing factory responsible for creating them. And believe it or not, by “every possible measure” they mean hiring Hollywood set designers.
Well, that is because they wanted to build a fake neighborhood atop it. And in order to make it look very real, they also hired dozens of actors to live in the area. They believed that by doing so, they could protect the factory from any potential air strike. The so-called neighborhood was built sometime in 1944, though it was removed a year after.