NEWS: Missing Black Box From 1994 Rwandan President Plane Crash Found At U.N.

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posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 09:08 AM
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The United Nations has “found” the black box data recorder from a 1994 plane crash that killed Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. After it was apparent that the plane had been shot down, rival ethnic groups began accusing each other of foul play and started a 100 day genocide war that claimed the lives of more that 500,000 people. The box was found locked in a filing cabinet in the Air Safety Unit across the street from U.N. headquarters in New York. The recent discovery of the box came after a French investigation of the crash accused the U.N. of obstruction of justice.
 

Newsday.com
UNITED NATIONS -- In what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called a "first-class foul-up," the United Nations said Thursday it has discovered a black box sent from Rwanda after a 1994 plane crash that unleashed a genocide in the east African nation.

The device was found Wednesday in a locked filing cabinet in the U.N. Peacekeeping Department's Air Safety Unit. Aviation experts put it there apparently in the belief its "pristine condition" ruled out the possibility that it came from the downed Falcon 50 jet, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

The question of the black box came up during a French investigation of the crash, which also killed the French flight crew. Although the French have not released the results of their recently concluded probe, a newspaper familiar with the findings said it accuses the United Nations of obstruction of justice for failing to inspect the downed aircraft's black box.


The U.N. claims that none of the officials in charge at the time knew of the black box existence. Their theory is that the official who received the data recorder thought the box was in such good shape, that he did not want to spend the money to have the data analyzed. So the box ended up in a locked filing cabinet in his office.

The U.N. did little at the time to stop the massacre, which some say lead to the deaths of nearly 1,000,000. The United States used its position in the Security Council to discourage any U.N. response to the genocide killings. Instead, they sent instructions to the U.N. saying "we will oppose any effort at this time to preserve a UNAMIR presence in Rwanda.” The French eventually sent in troops and set up a safe zone for people fleeing the massacre.

Related Articles:
The U.S. and The Genocide In Rwanda 1994



[Edited on 12-3-2004 by dbates]

[Edited on 12-3-2004 by dbates]




posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 09:21 AM
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Sounds like someone wanted to start a genocide. How else could this be explained. It's complete and utter BS BS BS BS BS!!!...



posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 09:23 AM
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What's ironic is that the U.S. dragged their feet to prevent U.N. action, but the French stepped in and helped out more than other countries.



posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 08:50 PM
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What's actually ironic is that France was the supplier of arms to those commiting the genocide, and to hide it's own embarresment it had to intervene, as stated in the link that was provided. I'm not saying anything against France, but they were just as wrong as alot of countries involved in the ignoring of the genocide.

Sorry i edited this post for spelling.

[Edited on 3-12-2004 by Ruggeder]

[Edited on 3-12-2004 by Ruggeder]





 
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