Human remains found on Mont Blanc may belong to Air India victims

Jet engine
A jet engine thought to be from the 1966 Air India crash that claimed the lives of all 117 passengers on board. Photo credit: AFP

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Frozen body parts thought to belong to passengers who died in an airplane crash more than 50 years ago have been found.

The Hindustan Times reported Daniel Roche, who has spent years searching for remains, found a hand and the upper part of a leg on Mont Blanc in the French Alps on Thursday. 

Human hand
A preserved frozen hand was found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Photo credit: Getty

He had never found any significant human remains before.

It's suspected the remains could be traced back to an airline crash on the mountain range.

In January 1966, an Air India Boeing 707 from Bombay to New York crashed near the Mont Blanc summit, killing all 117 people on board.

Another Air India flight crashed on the mountain in 1950, where 48 people died.

Mr Roche said the remains could be from a female passenger from the 1966 crash, as he also discovered one of the plane's jet engines.

The remains were taken by helicopter for examination, and an official, Stephane Bozon, said they were probably from passengers but not the same person.