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Memorial in the Sahara Desert

Matthew Bannister speaks to Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc who lost his father when UTA Flight 772 was blown up over the Sahara, he talks about building a memorial to the victims.

On 19 September 1989 UTA Flight 772 was blown up over the Sahara Desert, killing all 170 people on board. Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, whose father was killed on the plane, designed and built a memorial to the victims at the crash site in the Niger desert. Made up of dark stones in a circle with one broken mirror for each person killed, it can be seen from high above the Earth.

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