Mont Blanc plane wreckage may have been the key to one man's amazing discovery. On Sept. 26, MSN reported that a climber found a case of dozens of cut jewels which were likely from an airplane crash in the 50's or 60's. The jewels are worth thousands of dollars -- but the climber turned the box into authorities.
"The metal box, slightly smaller than a shoe box, was filled with small bags of loose jewels, mostly emeralds and sapphires. [Police commander Sylvain] Merly said debris from the Air India crashes regularly rises to the surface on Mont Blanc," MSN reported.
The Mont Blanc plane wreckage could have been from one of two Air India flights that crashed... one in 1950 and the other in 1966. Those in the area who are familiar with the glaciers know that things like this (perhaps not as pricey) turn up all the time because the glaciers are constantly moving and shifting. Coming across something like a box of jewels must be pretty incredible but the fact that the man turned the jewels in is even more incredible.
"[It] means that there are still honest people," said Merly of the climber's honest decision. Chances are that the jewels rightful owner has passed away (either in the crash or from old age). If an owner is not found, it's unknown what will happen to the jewels.
Mont Blanc plane wreckage hasn't turned up anything really valuable until now.
© Effie Orfanides 2013