Around 25 years ago UTA Flight 772 operating from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris CDG airport in France crashed in Niger in a terror attack. Six Libyans were ultimately convicted. They used a suitcase bomb to blow up the plane, which resulted in the deaths of all 155 passengers and 15 crew members. Eighteen years later, families of the victims gathered at the crash site to build a memorial. Due to the remoteness of the crash location in the Tenere region, 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 local inhabitants. It was built mostly by hand using dark stones fetched from a place 70 kms away to create a 200-foot diameter circle that is visible using satellite picture available through Google Earth. The memorial was built over the course of two months in May and June of 2007. 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. It has been built in such a way that it can be seen as a logo from the sky.