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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Fatigue may have caused fatal crash of UN chief



UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fifty years after the plane carrying U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold crashed in the African bush during a peace mission to Congo, killing all aboard, the accident remains one of the Cold War’s greatest unsolved mysteries.

Three investigations, including one by the U.N., failed to explain the plane’s plunge, feeding conspiracy theories involving superpower rivalries. But aviation experts now say the flight most likely fell victim to a danger foremost in the mind of today’s air crash investigators, but unknown 50 years ago: pilot fatigue.


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