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(Viral Nova)   Deep in the African desert, a tiny airplane icon appears on Google Earth. Here is its story, but be warned, it gets dusty out there   (viralnova.com) divider line 77
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2013-11-03 07:51:04 PM
Does this involve a coke bottle?
 
2013-11-03 08:03:38 PM
I thought to coordinates were bad but you have to zoom in. Search 16 51.5287,11 57.1418
 
2013-11-03 08:18:42 PM
Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand in no time.  Better go look now.
 
2013-11-03 08:28:21 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand in no time.  Better go look now.


...so are the days of our lives
 
2013-11-03 08:29:33 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand trashed by al-Qaeda nutcases in no time.


Fixed.

Although come to think of it, it'd be a pisser to have a huge Star of David built in the middle of the desert in northern Niger or Mauritania or someplace like that, and have Droney McBombsalot swing by every so often to see if anybody has showed up with Korans jammed down their shorts to howl about the outrage.
 
2013-11-03 08:38:02 PM
 
2013-11-03 08:54:12 PM
Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.

Truly magical.
 
2013-11-03 08:54:25 PM
Link is farked, can somebody fill me in?
 
2013-11-03 08:54:52 PM
King 9 HAS returned
 
2013-11-03 08:55:34 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand in no time.  Better go look now.


It will be uncovered every couple of decades by the wind. It's a pile of rocks in the middle of an inaccessible desert. Odds are it will be there for centuries if not millennium.
 
2013-11-03 08:58:11 PM
Since TFA is down for maintenance, here's the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTA_Flight_772
 
2013-11-03 08:58:35 PM

leevis: Link is farked, can somebody fill me in?


This. Anyone know what the the plaques on the pillar say?
 
2013-11-03 08:59:12 PM
 
2013-11-03 09:00:00 PM

the ha ha guy: Since TFA is down for maintenance, here's the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTA_Flight_772


THanks
 
2013-11-03 09:04:17 PM
Well since the link is farked, I can only assume that since the airplane icon is pointing to the northwest and the only thing in that direction is Tamanrasset, Algeria with an airport, it has something to do with that? amiright?
 
2013-11-03 09:05:06 PM
I like how modern technology has actually enhanced the accessibility and symbolic power of the memorial.
 
2013-11-03 09:07:23 PM

the ha ha guy: Since TFA is down for maintenance, here's the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTA_Flight_772


Oh, not even close.
 
2013-11-03 09:10:02 PM
That's pretty awesome.

Cool find, Subby. Thanks!
 
2013-11-03 09:15:50 PM
I think "Down for maintenance" is how the plane got there in the 1st place.
 
2013-11-03 09:23:08 PM
Dusty. Yes.
But in a way, inspiring.
I hope the message gets through to Salo, on Titan.
 
2013-11-03 09:25:07 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

/unavailable for comment
//it's almost painless
 
2013-11-03 09:32:02 PM

Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand trashed by al-Qaeda nutcases in no time.

Fixed.

Although come to think of it, it'd be a pisser to have a huge Star of David built in the middle of the desert in northern Niger or Mauritania or someplace like that, and have Droney McBombsalot swing by every so often to see if anybody has showed up with Korans jammed down their shorts to howl about the outrage.


Have you seen current aerial views of the main airport in Tehran? It was built during the reign of the Shah by an Israeli company, but it's still there.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-03 09:33:15 PM
That is....intense.
 
2013-11-03 09:33:17 PM
Would really, REALLY like a mulligan on that whole terrorism phase...only he's dead now.

~upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-03 09:33:26 PM
Geez. Memories. I flew UTA in West Africa in the late seventies, when my parents lived in Nigeria.
The golden age of flying when everyone had an airline. Pan Am, TWA, British Caledonian, Sabena, Western, KLM etc.
 
2013-11-03 09:33:50 PM

Yogimus: I think "Down for maintenance" is how the plane got there in the 1st place.


I think your ISP sucks and you should learn how to use Google
 
2013-11-03 09:35:04 PM
Cool one, Subster. Thanks.
 
2013-11-03 09:36:17 PM

Dumski: Geez. Memories. I flew UTA in West Africa in the late seventies, when my parents lived in Nigeria.
The golden age of flying when everyone had an airline. Pan Am, TWA, British Caledonian, Sabena, Western, KLM etc.


I was flying around Africa in the late 70's, and even then everyone knew to avoid UTA. Aeroflot was a MUCH safer bet.

/if you were flying then you know what I mean
 
2013-11-03 09:41:46 PM
So six Libyans were convicted but the bloody Scott coont let them out for good behavior and the solemn promise they wouldn't do quite as much bombing in the future and they went home to a heroes welcome in Libya and lived happily ever after, right? All in exchange for a BP Oil deal.www.kennymacaskill.co.uk
 
2013-11-03 09:42:04 PM

TV's Vinnie: Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand trashed by al-Qaeda nutcases in no time.

Fixed.

Although come to think of it, it'd be a pisser to have a huge Star of David built in the middle of the desert in northern Niger or Mauritania or someplace like that, and have Droney McBombsalot swing by every so often to see if anybody has showed up with Korans jammed down their shorts to howl about the outrage.

Have you seen current aerial views of the main airport in Tehran? It was built during the reign of the Shah by an Israeli company, but it's still there.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x364]


No, it's not.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mehrabad+airport+iran&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq =& hnear=Mehrabad+International+Airport+(THR),+Mehr+Abad,+Tehran,+Iran&ll =35.696299,51.318547&spn=0.001919,0.003943&t=k&z=19
 
2013-11-03 09:42:26 PM

Dumski: KLM


They're still around, though admittedly they did merge with Air France, but both still operate with their own names.
 
2013-11-03 09:49:58 PM
Religion of Peace (TM)
 
2013-11-03 09:51:39 PM

Stone Meadow: Dumski: Geez. Memories. I flew UTA in West Africa in the late seventies, when my parents lived in Nigeria.
The golden age of flying when everyone had an airline. Pan Am, TWA, British Caledonian, Sabena, Western, KLM etc.

I was flying around Africa in the late 70's, and even then everyone knew to avoid UTA. Aeroflot was a MUCH safer bet.

/if you were flying then you know what I mean


UTA once. Flew Nigerian Airways in 1982. Heathrow to Lagos. 747 (Ex SAS) with only 33 passengers on board. Everyone was carrying stuff on board. One guy had 4 tires.
 
2013-11-03 09:55:22 PM

Hamilstan: TV's Vinnie: Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand trashed by al-Qaeda nutcases in no time.

Fixed.

Although come to think of it, it'd be a pisser to have a huge Star of David built in the middle of the desert in northern Niger or Mauritania or someplace like that, and have Droney McBombsalot swing by every so often to see if anybody has showed up with Korans jammed down their shorts to howl about the outrage.

Have you seen current aerial views of the main airport in Tehran? It was built during the reign of the Shah by an Israeli company, but it's still there.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x364]

No, it's not.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mehrabad+airport+iran&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq =& hnear=Mehrabad+International+Airport+(THR),+Mehr+Abad,+Tehran,+Iran&ll =35.696299,51.318547&spn=0.001919,0.003943&t=k&z=19


Shame... That was hilarious. Damn squares didn't find it funny...
 
2013-11-03 10:01:22 PM

Dumski: TWA


*sigh* Ah, memories...
 
2013-11-03 10:01:51 PM
Ancient Aliens!
 
2013-11-03 10:06:40 PM

Hamilstan: TV's Vinnie: Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand trashed by al-Qaeda nutcases in no time.

Fixed.

Although come to think of it, it'd be a pisser to have a huge Star of David built in the middle of the desert in northern Niger or Mauritania or someplace like that, and have Droney McBombsalot swing by every so often to see if anybody has showed up with Korans jammed down their shorts to howl about the outrage.

Have you seen current aerial views of the main airport in Tehran? It was built during the reign of the Shah by an Israeli company, but it's still there.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x364]

No, it's not.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mehrabad+airport+iran&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq =& hnear=Mehrabad+International+Airport+(THR),+Mehr+Abad,+Tehran,+Iran&ll =35.696299,51.318547&spn=0.001919,0.003943&t=k&z=19



Google Earth says it came down sometime during the week of 7/13/2010.
 
2013-11-03 10:11:22 PM

Dumski: UTA once. Flew Nigerian Airways in 1982. Heathrow to Lagos. 747 (Ex SAS) with only 33 passengers on board. Everyone was carrying stuff on board. One guy had 4 tires.


Hey, at least he didn't try to build a fire in the isle to cook his goat for lunch.

/good times, eh?
 
2013-11-03 10:20:49 PM

the ha ha guy: Since TFA is down for maintenance, here's the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTA_Flight_772


And this little snippet from that wiki page:

As a result, U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order restoring the Libyan government's immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing all of the pending compensation cases in the U.S.

WTF? So the Libyan government is now immune from all past and future terror related lawsuits that they're involved in??
 
2013-11-03 10:24:33 PM

OscarTamerz: So six Libyans were convicted but the bloody Scott coont let them out for good behavior and the solemn promise they wouldn't do quite as much bombing in the future and they went home to a heroes welcome in Libya and lived happily ever after, right? All in exchange for a BP Oil deal.


He looks mighty proud of those yellow teeth.
 
2013-11-03 10:25:18 PM

Hamilstan: TV's Vinnie: Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Aaaaand, it will be covered by sand trashed by al-Qaeda nutcases in no time.

Fixed.

Although come to think of it, it'd be a pisser to have a huge Star of David built in the middle of the desert in northern Niger or Mauritania or someplace like that, and have Droney McBombsalot swing by every so often to see if anybody has showed up with Korans jammed down their shorts to howl about the outrage.

Have you seen current aerial views of the main airport in Tehran? It was built during the reign of the Shah by an Israeli company, but it's still there.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x364]

No, it's not.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mehrabad+airport+iran&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq =& hnear=Mehrabad+International+Airport+(THR),+Mehr+Abad,+Tehran,+Iran&ll =35.696299,51.318547&spn=0.001919,0.003943&t=k&z=19


Well, I guess Ammadinnerjacket found out.
 
2013-11-03 10:27:05 PM

Stone Meadow: Dumski: UTA once. Flew Nigerian Airways in 1982. Heathrow to Lagos. 747 (Ex SAS) with only 33 passengers on board. Everyone was carrying stuff on board. One guy had 4 tires.

Hey, at least he didn't try to build a fire in the isle to cook his goat for lunch.

/good times, eh?


Yes yes.
I was sitting up front and the aircrew had the door open to the cockpit the whole flight. The 747 creaked and groaned all the time. Jeebus, when I think of it, that crate was on its last legs. Food? Rice, cassava, chicken and some sort of sauce.
Took British Caledonian in 1976 from Gatwick to Monrovia. Stopped at Casablanca (went outside of transit lounge and had rifles pointed at me), Freetown, Accra, Abidjan, Dakar (not nec in that order).
Dad was a Dr. in Nigeria. When I visited we saw lots of oil workers and very suspicious looking Cuban types from the civil war in Angola.
Dead bodies were the norm on most of the roads. No one stopped as it was then presumed that you had killed the poor sod.
Egad. The memories pouring back!
 
2013-11-03 10:32:09 PM

Branniganslaw: leevis: Link is farked, can somebody fill me in?

This. Anyone know what the the plaques on the pillar say?


The top one says "A la mémoire des 170 victimes de l'attentat du 19 septembre 1989 contre le DC10 d'UTA", with the flight number and the cities of origin, stopover, and destination. The plaques below are too out of focus in the photo, but I think they have all the victims' names and places of residence.
 
2013-11-03 10:39:55 PM
A plane wreck in the desert?  My first thought was wondering whether there was an old man traveling with a donkey.  Or whether someone had taken a wing to travel swiftly across the desert.

Then I read the article.  Sad.
 
2013-11-03 10:43:55 PM

Dumski: Stone Meadow: Dumski: UTA once. Flew Nigerian Airways in 1982. Heathrow to Lagos. 747 (Ex SAS) with only 33 passengers on board. Everyone was carrying stuff on board. One guy had 4 tires.

Hey, at least he didn't try to build a fire in the isle to cook his goat for lunch.

/good times, eh?

Yes yes.
I was sitting up front and the aircrew had the door open to the cockpit the whole flight. The 747 creaked and groaned all the time. Jeebus, when I think of it, that crate was on its last legs. Food? Rice, cassava, chicken and some sort of sauce.
Took British Caledonian in 1976 from Gatwick to Monrovia. Stopped at Casablanca (went outside of transit lounge and had rifles pointed at me), Freetown, Accra, Abidjan, Dakar (not nec in that order).
Dad was a Dr. in Nigeria. When I visited we saw lots of oil workers and very suspicious looking Cuban types from the civil war in Angola.
Dead bodies were the norm on most of the roads. No one stopped as it was then presumed that you had killed the poor sod.
Egad. The memories pouring back!


I lived in Kenya back then, so didn't have it quite as 'wild west' as you West Africa-types. That said, I was once riding in the back seat of an embassy Peugeot 404 when the lady driving drove over a dead guy in the road. I prevailed upon her not to stop, as he was 1) already dead, and 2) I didn't want to get hacked to death by an angry mob armed with pangas.

/flood of memories indeed!
 
2013-11-03 10:58:54 PM

Eve L. Koont: the ha ha guy: Since TFA is down for maintenance, here's the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTA_Flight_772

And this little snippet from that wiki page:

As a result, U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order restoring the Libyan government's immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing all of the pending compensation cases in the U.S.

WTF? So the Libyan government is now immune from all past and future terror related lawsuits that they're involved in??


That would have been the case, yes. But, if you remember, the Libyan government was then hunted down, tortured, and killed, rendering the whole thing moot.
 
2013-11-03 11:01:55 PM

Stone Meadow: That said, I was once riding in the back seat of an embassy Peugeot 404 when the lady driving drove over a dead guy in the road. I prevailed upon her not to stop, as he was 1) already dead, and 2) I didn't want to get hacked to death by an angry mob armed with pangas.


when i was 16 i had an angry 25 y/o woman shove a loaded 22 in my face. your story is much better in the scary department. and more interesting too.
 
2013-11-03 11:02:49 PM

OnlyM3: Religion of Peace (TM)


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-03 11:08:42 PM
Stone Meadow:

I lived in Kenya back then, so didn't have it quite as 'wild west' as you West Africa-types. That said, I was once riding in the back seat of an embassy Peugeot 404 when the lady driving drove over a dead guy in the road. I prevailed upon her not to stop, as he was 1) already dead, and 2) I didn't want to get hacked to death by an angry mob armed with pangas.

/flood of memories indeed!


Wise counsel my friend. One must step on the gas and never look back. Sad, but true.
Peugeot 404. The standard vehicle for non-African crowd. I'm pretty sure my parents had a 404. Very reliable. The uh-hem "elite" African and/or government official had a Range Rover or Mercedes.
My god, the "dash" or bribe was the only way to get anything or go anywhere. Same today I would imagine.

Speaking of the original story....I flew over the western portions of the Sahara, and I couldn't imagine how anyone could survive, let alone live there. Chad and Niger are hell holes of sand and heat.
 
2013-11-03 11:12:27 PM
Welcome To Earth, Aliens!
www.utaot.com

Have a nice day!
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