Friday, September 27, 2013
Frenchman finds hoard of jewels worth £200,000 inside wreckage of plane while climbing Mont Blanc
27 Sep 2013 16:24
Box of emeralds, rubies and sapphires discovered inside plane which crashed into the mountain half a century ago
A hoard of jewels worth more than £200,000 has been discovered inside the wreckage of a plane by a climber in the Alps.
The man, from France,
was climbing a glacier off Mont Blanc
when he discovered the box of emeralds, rubies and sapphires inside the plane which crashed into the huge mountain half a century ago.
The hoard - worth £207,000 - was found in a tin which was the size of a shoe box. Other jewels were found inside small bags with 'Made in India' on the label.
Police have now praised the unidentified climber for his honesty in reported the haul immediately.
As reported by Sky News, local police chief Sylvain Merly said: "This was an honest young man who very quickly realised that they belonged to someone who died on the glacier.
"He could have kept them but he preferred to give them to the police."
Authorities in France are now attempting to find the jewels’ rightful owners. If they are unclaimed the young climber will receive the jewellery.
It is thought the hoard came from one of two Air India planes which crashed into the mountain in 1950 and 1966 . Climbers often find remains from the aircraft.
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