The mountaineer who found the treasure on the way to Mont Blanc received half of the find. This happened because the French authorities did not find the relatives of the owner of the hundreds of emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
The mountaineer, whose data has not been made public, in 2013, on his way to the highest mountain in Europe – Mont Blanc – found a box with hundreds of precious stones: rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The climber – as BBC News writes – handed over the find to the police in accordance with French law.
French authorities believe that the jewels found belonged to one of the passengers of an Indian plane that crashed into Mont Blanc. In total, two Air India planes crashed on the highest mountain in Europe – in the first disaster in 1950, 48 people were killed, and 117 people were killed in 1966.
French officials believe the jewels belonged to one of the victims of this latest crash. So far, the remains and baggage of passengers on this flight from Bombay to New York have been found. Among the victims of the disaster was the physicist Homi Bhabha, known as the father of the Indian nuclear program. In 2012, a suitcase marked as Indian diplomatic mail was found. Inside were the press, calendars and personal correspondence from 1966.
The French tried to find the gem’s owner’s family, but to no avail. Ultimately, the climber received half of the hundreds of precious stones found. The other half fell into the hands of the Chamonix authorities. Mayor Eric Fournier said that as a result, each side received stones worth around 150,000 euros.
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