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Buried in the Alps after the 1966 plane crash, the jewels made in India will soon be on display

FROM THE NEXT Sunday, December 19, the municipality of Chamonix, a French seaside resort at the foot of Mont Blanc in the Alps, will exhibit jewels of India buried in the Alps for nearly 50 years. These were part of the wreckage of a Mumbai-Geneva Air India passenger flight that crashed near the summit of Mont Blanc on January 24, 1966 and killed all 117 passengers on board, including nuclear scientist Homi Jehangir Bhabha.

In a Facebook post on December 3, “Le tresor du Kangchenjunga revele (Kangchenjunga Treasure Revealed)”, the municipality

de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc declared: “In 1966, the crash of the Kangchenjunga, an Air India plane, in the Mont-Blanc Massif killed 117 people. In 2013, emeralds and sapphires were discovered on the Bossons glacier. After a search for heirs proved unsuccessful, the stones were shared this week between the commune of Chamonix and the discoverer.

A Washington Post article reported that a young climber climbed to the top of a glacier in 2013 and found a box with “Made in India” written on it. Inside, he discovered a treasure of emeralds and sapphires which he turned over to the local police.

“On Friday – eight years later – authorities announced that, because their efforts to find the heirs of the passengers had proved unsuccessful, the anonymous climber would share the treasure with Chamonix, a French village in the east of the country. and sharing borders with Switzerland and Italy, ”says the report.

The Facebook post from Chamonix city officials said the municipality’s share of gemstones will be placed in the Chamonix Crystal Museum, which in its renovated form will be open to the public from December 19.

According to the report, the mayor of Chamonix, Eric Fournier, told Agence France-Presse he was “very happy” that the question of ownership of the gemstones had been answered. He praised the climber for his “integrity” in handing over the treasure to the authorities, which is required by law, according to the report.

After learning earlier this year that he would be getting some of the jewelry, the climber told Le Parisien newspaper that he did not ‘regret being honest’ and said he would renovate his apartment with some of the money generated by their sale, according to the Guardian, ”the report said.

According to the report, investigators searched for the cause of the crash for more than a year. They concluded that this had happened because the pilot believed he had already cleared the mountain range as he descended to land, according to the report. The pilot reported to air traffic control where he believed the aircraft to be; Even though a controller gave the pilot the actual location of the aircraft, the correction was misunderstood, he said.