Indian papers resurfacing in French Alps could be from 1966 plane crash

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14th July, 2020 11:45:17 printer

Indian papers resurfacing in French Alps could be from 1966 plane crash

Timothee Mottin plans to display the newspapers in his restaurant near Chamonix

Indian newspapers from 1966 have surfaced in the French Alps, under the ice of a melting Mont Blanc glacier.

They are believed to be from an Air India plane that crashed on 24 January, 1966, killing all 117 people on board.

The front pages report the landmark election of Indira Gandhi, India's first - and to this day, only - female prime minister, reports BBC.

About a dozen papers, including the National Herald and the Economic Times, were found by a local restaurant owner.

Timothee Mottin, whose restaurant is near the Chamonix ski resort area, told AFP news agency: "They are drying now but they are in very good condition. You can read them."

Once they've dried out, he said, they will be displayed in his restaurant, as part of a collection of items from the crash that he's found over time.

The most valuable relic from the crash was found in 2013 - a box of precious stones including emeralds, sapphires and rubies that was estimated to be worth between €130,000 (£117,000; $147,000) and €246,000 (£221,000; $279,000).

Air India flight 101 was flying from Mumbai - then known as Bombay - to London when it crashed near the summit of Mont Blanc on 24 January 1966.

The flight had made two scheduled stops in Delhi and Beirut, Lebanon, and was on its way to another stop in Geneva, Switzerland.

However, during the descent into Geneva the aircraft collided with the mountain, killing all 106 passengers and 11 crew members on board.