I’d love to say ‘I STUMBLED UPON THIS‘ however, I didn’t. My facebook buddy Ben Frost did, it’s now gone completely viral!
On Tuesday, 19 September 1989 a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft registered N54629/UTA Flight 772 took off from N’Djamena International Airport at 13:13.
46 minutes later, at its cruising altitude of 10,700 metres/35,100 ft, a bomb explosion caused UTA Flight 772 to break up over the Sahara Desert near the towns of Bilma and Ténéré in Niger. All 155 passengers and 15 crew members died.
The victims came from 18 different countries, the majority being French or Congolese nationals: 54 French, 48 nationals of People’s Republic of Congo, 25 Chadians, 9 Italians, 7 Americans, 5 Cameroonians, 4 Britons, 3 nationals of Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 3 Canadians, 2 Central Africans, 2 Malians, 2 Swiss, 1 Algerian, 1 Bolivian, 1 Belgian, 1 Greek, 1 Moroccan and 1 Senegalese.
On the flight deck were Captain Georges Raveneau, as instructor; First Officer Jean-Pierre Hennequin in training; safety pilot Michel Crézé; and Flight Engineer Alain Bricout. In the cabin were Pursers Jean-Pierre Baschung and Michele Vasseur, along with Flight Attendants Alain Blanc, Laurence de Boery-Penon, Martine Brette, Anne Claisse, Nicole Deblicker, Ethery Lenoble, Gael Lugagne, Veronique Marella, Jean-Pierre Mauboussin.
The rest of this story might simply be legend, whatever, it is one of the most touching pictorial stories doing the interweb rounds. Check the gallery, it truly is moving :: Read the full article »»»»