The Death of Dag Hammarskjold

The Death of Dag Hammarskjold

​On September the 18th, 1961, the plane carrying UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others crashed suddenly killing all on board.

The death of Dag Hammarskjold was provocatively mysterious and it still raises more questions than answers…

The Investigations 

The plane went down over Northern Rhodesia (Gambia) and immediately sent the rumor mill in motion – was the UN Secretary assassinated? Was there more to this tragedy that met the eye?

There have been a total of three investigations into the strange occurrence of this crash:

  • The ​Rhodesian Commission of Inquiry carried one out
  • The Aviation board on a civil level looked into the case
  • In 1962 the UN Commission carried out there own investigation into the matter

​Nobody has been able to figure out if the plane was put down on purpose or not.

Dr. Susan Williams

Many different authors have created publications on the death of Dag Hammarskjold since the final inquiry in 1962.

They all covered different angles but Dr. Susan Williams seemed to be the most effective. Her book was titled Who Killed Hammarskjöld? and it seemed to kick the authorities into action.

Her coverage of the details and the incident were so effective they led to a UN commission being opened up again. The commission commented that the investigations up until this point had not been satisfactory.

The Crash

When the plane was 45 minutes off it’s destination the pilot radioed through to say that everything was fine.

At 12:10 a.m., the pilot notified the Ndola Airport that he was in visual sight of their lights and again everything was fine. This was the last communication anyone had with the plane – it crashed minutes later.

Ndola Airport
Ndola Airport

There was nothing dodgy about the information the plane was receiving from the airport and there was no indication the plane’s altimeter had been tampered with.

The sequence that the landing gear had to go through was fully complete and everything was ready for the landing procedure. The wings were also set up in the correct position.

The final verdict of the Rhodesian inquiry into Dag Hammarskjold’s death in 1962 seems way off they mark. They came to the conclusion that the flight had crashed through pilot error!


Evidence now leads us to believe that several victims of the plane crash were found with bullet wounds on their bodies.

On closer inspection there were also bullet shaped holes found in the actual burnt out body of the plane as well.

When eyewitnesses finally came forward they claimed they had seen the plane come out of the sky with a ‘ball of fire’ on top of it. This suggests that something may have happened aboard the plane before it crashed.

There were also other witnesses who claimed that there were two planes in the sky that night. The smaller of the two planes spotted gave off a flash of light which seemed to hit the larger plane – could this of been a rocket of some sort?

Many years later in 1994 a Swedish flight instructor claimed that he had overheard a conversation via a short-wave radio that night.

He said that the conversation went like this:

““He’s approaching the airport. He’s turning. He’s leveling. Another plane is approaching from behind — what is that?”

The Death of Dag Hammarskjold?

Nothing really adds up with this case! When they eventually found the dead body of Dag Hammarskjold it was not touched by fire at all.

All the other victims from the plane crash had been understandably badly burnt but Hammarskjold seems to have avoided this.

Guard of honor inside the plane that carries Dag Hammarskjöld's coffin, 1961
Guard of honor inside the plane that carries Dag Hammarskjöld’s coffin in 1961

There is also a very strange claim that someone had moved Hammarskjold’s body after the plane had crashed and took the time to stick a playing card in his pocket. What was the symbolism behind this single playing card?

On top of this there was a several hour delay between the plane crashing and the Rhodesian authorities’ acknowledgement that they had found the wrecked plane.


Not many people seem to go along with the idea that the death of Dag Hammarskjold was an accident – it seems more like an assassination!

Even the ex-president Harry S. Truman thought something fishy was going on. He was interviewed by New York Times in 1961 and the reporters claim that he indicated he thought ‘they’ had killed Dag Hammarskjold.

What are your opinions on the subject? Was Dag Hammarskjold a victim of unseen powers of assassination or was this nothing more than a tragic incident?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below…


One thought on “The Death of Dag Hammarskjold

  1. It certainly seems like a tragic accident, alright. It seems like the plane accidentally flew into the path of a hail of bullets.

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