UN should reopen probe into Hammarskjold's mysterious death: enquiry
THE HAGUE (AFP) - Investigators on Monday called on the United Nations to reopen a probe into the 1961 death of UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjold, citing "persuasive evidence" that his plane was shot down.
The enquiry called on the US National Security Agency to release cockpit recordings from the time to confirm whether a mercenary fighter jet may have shot down the plane.
Mr Hammarskjold, the UN's second secretary-general, died in mysterious circumstances in September 1961 while on a peace mission to the newly independent Congo, when his plane crashed shortly before landing at Ndola airport in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia).
The mineral-rich province of Katanga was at the time fighting to secede from Congo, with the backing of the West and their commercial interests in the region.