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UN probes Rwanda 'crash' recorder

The UN has revealed that it received a flight recorder soon after the downing of a plane in 1994 which triggered the genocide in Rwanda. A newspaper earlier published details of a French police report into the missile attack on the plane. The report concludes that the UN received the downed plane’s recorder and blocked an inquiry into the crash. The UN said there was no indication the recorder belonged to the downed plane, but would pass it to investigators. Both Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira were killed in the attack. UN chief spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters that UN officials had found the flight recorder in a locked filing cabinet in the organisation’s Air Safety Unit. The “paper trail” which led to the discovery of the flight recorder, he said, indicated that UN officials at the time had apparently concluded that the flight recorder was not from the downed plane because it was in “pristine condition”. Full Story

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