|DIA satellite accident|
The Denver International Airport satellite accident, or simply the DIA satellite accident, was an incident that took place at Denver International Airport in the early 21st century, that resulted in a large number of casualties and the destruction of one of the First Civilization's Pieces of Eden – an Apple of Eden – which was held by Abstergo Industries at the time.
Dr. Warren Vidic was responsible for preparing the final report for the incident, which indicated that the Abstergo Project Lead at Denver had killed everyone there before the company's clean-up crew had arrived.
At least one civilian, believed to have been a baggage handler at the time, found out about the incident. By 4 September 2012, this survivor threatened to expose Abstergo's involvement in the event.
The loss of the Piece of Eden meant that Abstergo Industries could no longer launch their Eye-Abstergo satellite on schedule. In order to find a new Piece of Eden, Abstergo set out to acquire Desmond Miles as a subject for their Animus Project, since they had discovered that he possessed the genetic material that would allow them to obtain the locations of other potential replacements.
- The last four pieces of equipment that appeared in Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy had QR codes instead of images. Three QR codes stood for Cochetopa, Sisnaajini and Dzit fit gain, which are Navajo names for mountains in Colorado. These words are carved on the floor of Denver International Airport, and have served as a basis for multiple conspiracy theories. The fourth and last QR code stood for DIA.
- The phrase "going Denver", which was used by employees of Abstergo to describe when things had started to spiral out of control, was derived from the DIA satellite accident.
- On 23 September 2012, Daniel Cross refused to go on an assignment in Denver, stating that "After what happened... [he was] never setting foot in that place again." Whether or not Cross was personally involved in the incident is unknown.