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.
UTA Flight 772 was a scheduled flight operating from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris CDG airport in France. Eighteen years later, families of the victims gathered at the crash site to build a memorial.
Due to the remoteness of the location, pieces of the wreckage could still be found at the site.
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
The memorial was built mostly by hand and uses dark stones to
create a 200-foot diameter circle.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.
The memorial was built over the course of two months in May and
June of 2007.170 broken mirrors, representing each victim, were placed
around the circumference of the memorial.
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.
The memorial was partly funded by the $170 million compensation package provided by the Libyan government.
Completed Memorial.The memorial can be seen from Google Earth.
I’VE taken some pretty stupid things on to a plane — giant lamp shades, a portable baby cot and bags of groceries.
But that pales in comparison to what America’s Transport Security Administration regularly finds in people’s belongings.
Last week they collected a record 67 firearms from carry-on bags across the US — and 56 of those guns were loaded.
Travellers try to take all sorts of ‘amusing’ grenades on their holiday. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
Don’t forget your avalanche starter. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
Don’t leave home without your mallet. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
If you like you meat thinly sliced then take your own slicer with you. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
Protect yourself from bears while on holiday with a few cans of spray. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
They also found a bunch of throwing stars, 19 stun guns and Tasers, and a canister of gun powder.
It may come as a surprise to Australians, but the TSA says “you can
travel with your firearms in checked baggage”, but they must first be
declared to the airline.
The TSA also allows passengers to transport ammunition, but only in checked baggage.
Richards, 56, from Hartcliffe in Bristol, who has had his ears taken
off so he can look more like his Parrot. August 16 2015. See SWNS story
SWPARROT; A man who had his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his
pet parrots has gone a step further – by cutting off his EARS. Bonkers
Ted Richards, 56, is obsessed by pets Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and
Bubi and has his face tattooed with colourful feathers. But the animal
nut – who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue – has now had
both his ears removed by a surgeon in a six hour operation. Eccentric
Ted has given his severed ears to a friend who “will appreciate them”
and is now planning to find a surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a
A man who had his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots has gone a step further – and cut off his ears.
Englishman Ted Richards had both ears removed in an operation, so he
could closer resemble his five parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and
The 56-year-old is now looking for a surgeon willing to turn his nose into a beak.
Richards will not disclose who carried out the operation, but said he has now got a girlfriend – Suzannah, 31 – as a result.
He is escatic with the result, saying, “I think it looks really
great. I love it. It’s the best thing that has happened to me. I am so
happy it’s unreal, I can’t stop looking in the mirror. I’ve done it
because I want to look like my parrots as much as possible. I’ve had my
hair long for so many years my ears have been covered up. I have to
admit I did used to get teased at school about my ears but that not the
reason I’ve had it done.”
After getting his first tattoo in 1976, Richards become hooked and
now has 110 tattoos (and 50 piercings) covering most of his body.
A fan of body modification, he has also had metal implants inserted
into his head, two one-and-a-half inch horns inserted in his forehead,
his tongue split, and his eye injected with ink.
With the various surgeries, Richards has become somewhat of a local
celebrity. “The kids are running up to me and asking to see gory photos –
they just love it. They are just so fascinated. I was really surprised –
I thought they were more likely to run away.
“I went to the supermarket the other day and when I went in, I said
‘Blimey it’s so windy out there it blew my ears off’ – and everybody had
He gave his severed ears to a friend “who will appreciate them” and will keep them in resin.
photo of extreme body mod fan Ted Richards’ during his latest surgery –
to have his ears removed. See SWNS story SWPARROT; A man who had his
face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots has gone a step
further – by cutting off his EARS. Bonkers Ted Richards, 56, is obsessed
by pets Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi and has his face tattooed
with colourful feathers. But the animal nut – who has 110 tattoos, 50
piercings and a split tongue – has now had both his ears removed by a
surgeon in a six hour operation. Eccentric Ted has given his severed
ears to a friend who “will appreciate them” and is now planning to find a
surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a BEAK.