Episode 51: 1961 Ndola United Nations Flight Hammarskjöld

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In 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld, the second-ever UN Secretary General, died in a plane crash. Immediate findings point to pilot error, but over the next 50 years, clues begin to surface that point to more sinister intentions. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast as she shares the incredible, real-life mystery of what brought down the plane that killed one of the most important men in the world.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! In EP 51, Shelly shared her adventures while visiting Dublin in 2017 for St. Patrick's Day.

At the end of the episode, we discuss an adorable story about a special toy who goes on a mission thanks to a Southwest Airlines employee. Stephanie shares a fun fact about a stuffed travel companion that joins her on international trips as well.

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Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Stephanie Hubka
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Secretary General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold

Secretary General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld. Source: Getty Images

Dag Hammarskjold Crash Site

Crash site near Ndola, then Rhodesia. Source: New York Times

Dag Hammarskjold Crash Site

Wreckage of the Douglas DC-6 carrying Dag Hammarskjold. Source: AP

Jan van Risseghem, the pilot accused of shooting down the UN plane in 1961 that killed Dag Hammarskjold. Source: The Guardian

Dag Hammarskjold Flight Path

The flight path of The Albertina, the DC-6 that carried UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold. Source: Wikipedia