Mortal remains of human beings found recently on Mont Blanc allegedly are of the passengers belonging to either of the two Air India plane crashes that took place more than 5 decades ago on the French Alps, sources said on Friday.
This discovery was made yesterday by Daniel Roche, an expert mountaineer who is fascinated by flight crashes and has spent years traversing the Bossons Glacier looking for mortal remains.
According to Roche, who has found a hand and an upper part of a leg this time, the discoveries made this time has surpassed all other little discoveries made by him in the past:
I had never found any significant human remains before.
It may be recalled that in January 1966, an Air India Boeing 707 cruising from Bombay to New York had crashed near the summit of the French mountain, killing all the 117 passengers and crew on board.
It was not the first time that an Indian flight had crashed at the spot. Earlier, in 1950, another Air India plane had crashed nearly at a similar spot, killing the 48 people on board.
Mr. Roche has further said that the mortal remains found by him yesterday could be of a female passenger from the 1966 Boeing 707 flight for he has also discovered one of the plane’s four engines.
On finding the human remains, Mr. Roche contacted the local emergency services at the nearby Chamonix Valley. The remains were thereafter brought down by helicopter and are due to be examined by experts.
According to Stephane Bozon of the local gendarmerie:
These remains are probably not from the same person. They are probably from passengers, but between the two aircrafts, it’s difficult to say.
About 10 days ago, a couple of human bodies were found lying next to each other, preserved in a receding glacier in the Diablerets massif of the Swiss Alps.
After a DNA test was conducted by experts, the man was identified as Marcelin Dumoulin, a 40-year-old shoemaker, while the woman was identified as Francine, his wife, a schoolteacher aged 37. Both of them had disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago.