This Is Heart-breaking And Also Amazing: The Sad And Beautiful Memorial To Uta Flight 772

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On Tuesday, September 19th, 1989, the UTA flight 722 exploded over Niger in the Tenere region of the Sahara Desert. Since then, every day remains miserable for the families of the victim. And then, 18 years later, they gathered at the crash site to build a memorial. This is absolutely heart-breaking but also beautiful, you would never be the same if you lose someone you love, but you can still find them living in your heart, and now, the families of the victim have a gravestone as an outlet of their grief. This is beautiful. ( via: imgur )

Wreckage of UTA Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

UTA Flight 772 was a scheduled flight operating from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris CDG airport in France.

Flight Path

Uta Flight 772

On Tuesday, September 19th, 1989 the aircraft exploded over Niger in the Tenere region of the Sahara Desert. French investigators determined a suitcase bomb planted by Libyan terrorists to be the cause. All 170 people on board died.

Memorial Site

Uta Flight 772

Eighteen years later, families of the victims gathered at the crash site to build a memorial.

Uta Flight 772

Due to the remoteness of the location, pieces of the wreckage could still be found at the site.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Building the Memorial

Uta Flight 772

The memorial was created by Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC-10 d’UTA, an association of the victims’ families along with the help of local inhabitants.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

The memorial was built mostly by hand and uses dark stones to create a 200-foot diameter circle

Uta Flight 772

The Tenere region is one of the most inaccessible places on the planet. The stones were trucked to the site from over 70 kilometers away.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

The memorial was built over the course of two months in May and June of 2007.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

170 broken mirrors, representing each victim, were placed around the circumference of the memorial.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

The memorial is anchored by the starboard wing of the aircraft which was trucked to the site from 10 miles away. Workers had to dig up the wing and empty it of sand.

Uta Flight 772

A plaque commemorating each victim is affixed to the wing.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

The memorial was partly funded by the $170 million compensation package provided by the Libyan government.

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Completed Memorial

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

Uta Flight 772

The memorial can be seen from Google Earth.

Uta Flight 772

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