Sahara Desert Memorial Sculpture - Maynard

Sahara Desert Memorial Sculpture

An incredible story of the creation of a memorial for a¬†flight that never reached it’s destination.

On 19 September 1989 UTA flight 772 was travelling from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris when it was blown up over the Sahara desert. All 156 passengers and 14 crew members were killed.

Where the French plane fell, the families of the victims have built a lasting and visually striking memorial to the dead.

A life-size silhouette of the aircraft lies inside a dark stone circle surrounded by 170 broken mirrors, each one representing someone who died. Jutting out at the northern point, like a sundial, stands the right wing of the DC10.

The story took another surprising turn a year after the memorial was built, when it appeared on google earth.

Read the story here.

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