Indian newspapers from 1966 recovered from melting French glacier


London, July 13

Indian newspaper copies with headlines equivalent to “India’s First Woman Prime Minister”, referring to Indira Gandhi’s election win in 1966, have been recovered from the melting French glacier of Bossons on the Mont Blanc mountain vary in western Europe, 54 years after an Air India airplane crashed there.

The newspapers belong to the residue of an Air India airplane that crashed into Europe’s highest mountain on January 24, 1966, and had been found by Timothée Mottin, who runs the cafe-restaurant La Cabane du Cerro at an altitude of 1,350 metres above the French resort of Chamonix.

“They are drying now but they are in very good condition. You can read them,” Mottin, 33, advised the native French each day ‘Le Daupine Libere’, quoted by The Guardian newspaper and different companies within the UK.

“It’s not unusual. Every time we walk on the glacier with friends, we find remains of the crash. With experience, you know where they are. They are being carried along by the glacier according to their size,” he mentioned.

The Air India Boeing 707 had crashed into the vary after a verbal flight management miscommunication, resulting in the lack of all 177 passengers and crew.

Copies of the “National Herald” and “Economic Times” are amongst a dozen newspapers found by Mottin, whose cafe is about 45 minutes by foot from the Bossons glacier, the place the airplane named after the Himalayan peak of Kangchenjunga mysteriously crashed over 54 years in the past.

Mottin mentioned he was fortunate to find the papers when he did as a result of the ice during which that they had been encased for almost six many years had in all probability solely simply melted. Once the papers have dried out, they may be a part of a rising assortment of things from the crash that Mottin has placed on show at his cafe to share it with guests.

Since 2012, there have been plenty of finds referring to the 1966 Air India crash rising from the melting ice caps.

In 2012, a bag of diplomatic mail, stamped “On Indian Government Service, Diplomatic Mail, Ministry of External Affairs”, was recovered, whereas a 12 months later a French climber discovered a metallic field containing the Air India emblem containing emeralds, sapphires and rubies price between GBP 117,000 and GBP 230,000.

Human stays discovered within the space in 2017 are additionally believed to come back from the 1966 crash or that of one other Indian airplane, the Malabar Princess, that got here down within the space in 1950. PTI



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