Remains found on Mont Blanc may belong to Air India victims

Updated: 30 July, 2017 17:43 IST | Agencies | Grenoble

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

Body remains on Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Pics/AFP
Body remains on Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Pics/AFP

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.

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 said. 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 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.

"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 aircrafts, it's difficult to say".

48 People killed in an Air India flight crash in 1950
117 No. of people killed when an Air India Boeing 707 crashed on 1966


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First Published: 30 July, 2017 10:38 IST

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