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1966 Indian plane wreckage found in Alpine glacier

Friday - 8/31/2012, 8:03am  ET

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This Aug. 21 2012 photo provided by the Office de Haute Montagne de Chamonix (OHM) on Friday Aug. 31, 2012 shows a diplomatic bag reading "Diplomatic mail, Ministry of External Affairs" belonging to the Indian Government, found on the slopes beneath Mont Blanc by French mountain guide Arnaud Christmann. As the Alpine glacier melted, a grim and curious discovery emerged after decades beneath the ice: a plane wheel, a shoe _ and an intact pouch of Indian diplomatic mail from 1966. All appears to be part of wreckage from an Air India plane crash that a couple of hikers and a local rescue worker found on the slopes beneath Mont Blanc this week. (AP Photo/Arnaud Christmann/OHM)

PARIS (AP) - As the Alpine glacier melted, a curious discovery emerged after decades beneath the ice: a plane wheel, a shoe _ and an intact pouch of Indian diplomatic mail from 1966.

It all appears to be part of the wreckage from an Air India plane crash that hikers and a rescue worker found this week on the slopes beneath Mont Blanc.

Rescuer Arnaud Christmann said the hikers alerted the tourist office in Chamonix that they had seen something beneath a glacier that looked like a wheel. He went to investigate and found pieces of the plane and "a gift from the mountain," a bag containing Indian and English newspapers from 1966 and other documents, labeled "diplomatic mail."

The Indian Embassy in Paris confirmed the discovery but gave no details.


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