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Mountain climber may keep treasure of jewels from a 50-year-old plane crash

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  • In 2013, a mountaineer found a trove of precious jewels at the site of a 50-year-old plane crash in France’s Mont Blanc.
  • The jewels were among the remnants of two Air India planes that crashed into Mont Blanc in 1950 and 1966, respectively.
  • It was announced this week that the mountaineer can keep a share of the jewels.

A mountaineer who discovered a trove of rubies, emeralds and sapphires eight years ago at the site of a 50-year-old plane crash can keep a share of the jewels, it was announced this week.

“The stones have been shared this week” equally in two lots, Chamonix Mayor Eric Fournier said, according to France 24.


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The climber discovered the jewels on a glacier at France’s Mont Blanc in 2013, which were the remnants of two Air India planes that crashed into Mont Blanc in 1950 and 1966, respectively. According to France 24, authorities believe the jewels were from the 1966 crash, which was traveling from Mumbai to New York.

Each lot has been valued at about 150,000 euros or $169,000. It hasn’t been stated who the other lot is going to be allocated to.


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