Indian newspapers from 1966 recovered from melting glacier in France

ST Staff
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

"They are drying now but they are in very good condition. You can read them," Mottin, 33, told the local French daily 'Le Daupine Libere', quoted by The Guardian newspaper and other agencies in the UK.

Indian newspaper copies with titles such as 'India's First Woman Prime Minister', mentioning to Indira Gandhi's election triumph in 1966, have been recovered from the melting French glacier of Bossons on the Mont Blanc mountain range in western Europe. It was discovered 54 years after an Air India plane crashed here.

The newspapers belong to the deposit of an Air India plane that crashed into Europe's peak mountain on January 24, 1966 and were exposed by Timothe Mottin, who runs a cafe La Cabane du Cerro at an height 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, told the local French daily 'Le Daupine Libere', quoted by The Guardian newspaper and other agencies in 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 said.

Mottin stated that he was lucky to find the papers when he did because the ice in which they had been covered for nearly six decades had perhaps only just molten. Once the papers have dried out, they will join a rising collection of commodities from the crash that Mottin has put on show at his cafe to share it with customers. Since 2012, there have been a number of discovery relating to the 1966 Air India crash coming from the melting ice caps.

Before the 1966 crash, in 1950 also a crash of Indian plane has happened in this area. Indian plane, the Malabar Princess also came down in the area.
 

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