Re­mains found on Mont Blanc may be­long to AI vic­tims

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Greno­ble, France - Body parts that could be­long to pas­sen­gers killed in one or other of two Air In­dia plane crashes more than 50 years ago have been found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, sources said on Fri­day.

Daniel Roche, who is fas­ci­nated by air plane ac­ci­dents and has spent years comb­ing the Bos­sons Glacier look­ing for re­mains, made the dis­cov­ery on Thurs­day.

“I had never found any sig­nif­i­cant hu­man re­mains be­fore,” he told AFP. This time how­ever he had found a hand and the up­per part of a leg.

In Jan­uary 1966, an Air In­dia Boe­ing 707 from Bom­bay (now Mum­bai) to New York crashed near Mont Blanc’s sum­mit, killing all 117 peo­ple on board.

An­other Air In­dia flight crashed on the moun­tain in 1950, killing 48 peo­ple.

Roche said the re­mains he had found could be of a fe­male pas­sen­ger from the 1966 Boe­ing 707 flight, as he also dis­cov­ered one of the plane’s four jet en­gines.

Roche con­tacted lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices in the Cha­monix val­ley who took the re­mains down the moun­tain by he­li­copter and they were due to be ex­am­ined by ex­perts.

“These re­mains are prob­a­bly not from the same per­son,” said Stephane Bo­zon of the lo­cal gen­darmerie. “They are prob­a­bly from pas­sen­gers, but be­tween the two air­craft, it’s dif­fi­cult to say.”

Just ten days ago, two bod­ies were found ly­ing near each other, pre­served in a re­ced­ing glacier in the Di­ablerets mas­sif in the Swiss Alps. A DNA search iden­ti­fied the cou­ple as Marcelin Du­moulin, a 40 year old shoe­maker at the time, and his wife Francine, a school­teacher aged 37, who had dis­ap­peared in the Alps 75 years be­fore.

(AFP)

French res­cuers work at the site where hu­man re­mains were found that could be­long to vic­tims of Air In­dia plane crashes, on the French Alps

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