Geneva | Wreckage from a plane that crashed in the Swiss Alps in 1968 has been found in a glacier 54 years later, police said Friday.
The remains of the device appeared on the Aletsch Glacier in the southwest of the Wallis Zone, near the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks. Valais police said the wreckage was discovered on Thursday.
“Investigations have confirmed the presence of parts from the wreckage of a Piper Cherokee registered HB-OYL that crashed at this location on June 30, 1968. Recovery operations will be carried out as soon as possible,” police said in a statement.
24 The Heures regional newspaper noted that a teacher, a head doctor and his son, from Zurich, were on board. At that time their bodies were found, but no wreckage.
“At the time of the accident fifty years ago, the technical means of recovering aircraft wreckage in difficult terrain were limited,” the police added.
24 Hours reports that a mountain guide discovered the ruins during a trip to the area. Due to climate change and melting glaciers, the route has changed and now passes where the wreckage was found.