Dag Hammarskjöld

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Dag Hammarskjöld, looking dapper af at the UN in 1959.
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Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was a Swedish diplomat and the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, and posthumous recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 (one of only two people to receive the prize posthumously). His death in a plane crash whilst en route to ceasefire negotiations in Ndola, Zambia has been the subject of several conspiracy theories.

Plane crash conspiracy theories[edit]

Whilst travelling to ceasefire negotiations between UN forces and Katangese rebels on 18 September 1961, his plane crashed on approach with no survivors. Whilst the crash was likely as a result of pilot error, the cause of the crash has remained officially unexplained, which has led to it attracting a number of conspiracy theorists. There are a number of assertions as to the cause of the crash ranging from plausible (that the plane was accidentally shot down, either by rebel forces in the area or mercenaries) to the absurd (that JFK ordered said shooting down)[1][2] . The theories regarding the crash generally fit into one of three categories:

  • That the crash was a result of pilot error
  • That his plane was shot down by Katangese rebels or Belgian mercenaries[3]
  • That American agents, or allies of such, shot down the plane on orders from the US government