Diplomatic mail, newspapers and flight debris from a 1966 Air India flight that crashed in the French Alps have apparently been located this week by hikers on Mont Blanc.
The Associated Press writes “a plane wheel, a shoe … and an intact pouch of Indian diplomatic mail from 1966″ were among the finds from the “curious discovery (that) emerged after decades beneath the ice.”
AFP says the bag, stamped “Diplomatic mail” and “Ministry of External Affairs,” was recovered Tuesday by Arnaud Christmann — a mountain rescue worker — and neighbor Jules Berger.
“Some tourists came and told us they had seen something shining on the Bossons glacier,” Christmann tells AFP.
Naturally, he and Berger decided to go check it out, according to AFP.
Christmann added: “We found pieces of the cabin, a shoe, cables — it’s a real dump up there!”
Also among the find were a plane wheel and a bag of Indian papers all dated from January 1966.
It wasn’t the first such find on the mountainside.