And the wreckage from many aircraft that have struck mountains or other inaccessible areas is still where it came to rest.
I recall a GVA
newspaper article a year or two ago re a restaurant on the lower slopes of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain (just under 16,000 ft.) in the Alps and western Europe, on the France/Italy border about 50 miles from GVA
. The restaurant has several pieces of wreckage from the Air-India L749 Constellation that crashed into the mountain near the top on November 3,1950 while descending to GVA
. All 48 aboard fatal. The article had photos of a few pieces of wreckage, including a main landing gear wheel/tire, that have gradually worked their way through a glacier over the years and sometimes appear at the other end near the village where this restaurant is located as the snow/ice melts.
In a strange coincidence, 16 years later, January 24,1966, another Air-India flight descending to GVA
, this time a 707-420 (Rolls-Royce Conway engines), crashed into Mont Blanc in almost exactly the same place as the Constellation, with all 117 aboard fatal.
[Edited 2007-01-16 01:02:20]