Dag Hammarskjöld Crash Site Memorial

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Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Site
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Dag Hammarskjold in 1959

The Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Crash Site marks the place of the plane crash in which Dag Hammarskjöld, the second and then-incumbent United Nations Secretary General (1953–1961) was killed on 17 September 1961, while on a mission to the Congo Republic (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). The Site is located 10 km from Ndola, in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.[1]

Site description

The Dag Hammarskjöld Crash site was declared a national monument under notice number 14 of 1970 as a historical landmark. In 1964 the Dag Hammarskjoeld Foundation Committee was formed to ensure that the memory of this world statesman lives forever in the country where he met his tragedy. At the Crash site a memorial garden was established with a cairn at the centre and a lawn around it with a belt of shrubs and trees on the outer circle. A museum was constructed and official opened at the site in 1981. The museum exhibits some remains of the tragic accident. The museum is also used for collecting materials and books on the life of Dag Hammarskjoeld and the role of the United Nations.[1]

A road was built to the crash site, and a memorial was constructed, after Zambia gained its independence in 1964.[2]

Coordinates: 12°58.4935' S Lat., 28°31.3589' E Long., 10 km south-west of Ndola on the Dag Hammarskjoeld memorial access road from Ndola-Kitwe Dual carriage way.

Göran Björkdahl interviewed several witnesses around the crash site in the 2000s and studied archival documents related to the Katanga crisis. He wrote in 2011 that he believed Dag Hammarskjöld's death was a murder committed in part to benefit mining companies like Union Minière.[3][4]

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on 11 June 1997 in the Cultural category.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial (Crash site) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  2. Gillett, N. (1970). Dag Hammarskjöld. Heron Books.
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  4. I have no doubt Dag Hammarskjöld's plane was brought down, Göran Björkdahl, The Guardian, 2011 Aug 17