Geneva | Police announced, Friday, the discovery of the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Swiss Alps in 1968 on a glacier after more than 54 years.
The remains of the device appeared on the Aletsch glacier in the southwest of the canton of Wallis, near the peaks of Jungfrau and Mönch. Valais police said the wreckage of the plane was found on Thursday.
“Investigations have determined that the wreckage of the Piper Cherokee, registered HB-OYL, which crashed at this location on June 30, 1968, are from the wreckage of the Piper Cherokee vehicle, which crashed at this location on June 30, 1968. Recovery work will be carried out as soon as possible,” the police said in a statement.
The regional newspaper 24 Heures reported that on board were a teacher, chief medical officer and his son, all from Zurich. Their bodies were found at that time, but the wreckage was not found.
“At the time of the accident, more than fifty years ago, technical means for recovering aircraft wreckage in rough terrain were limited,” the police add.
24 Hours reports that a mountain guide discovered the wreck during an expedition in the area. Due to climate change and the melting of the glacier, the course has changed and now passes where the plane pieces were found.