The wreckage of a plane crashed in 1968 found in a glacier in Switzerland

Wreckage of 1968 plane crash found in glacier in Switzerland


GENEVA | The wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Swiss Alps in 1968 has been discovered on a glacier more than 54 years later, police said on Friday. 

The remains of the device appeared on the Aletsch glacier, in the south-west of the canton of Wallis, near the peaks of Jungfrau and Monch. The Valais police said the wreckage was found on Thursday.

“Investigations have determined that the parts come from the wreckage of a Piper Cherokee, registered HB-OYL, which s crashed there on June 30, 1968. Recovery work will be undertaken as soon as possible,” police said in a statement.

Regional newspaper 24 Hours reports that on board was a teacher, a head doctor and his son, all from Zurich. Their bodies had been found at the time, but not the wreckage.

“At the time of the accident, more than fifty years ago, the technical means to recover a wreckage of aircraft in difficult terrain were limited,” adds the police.

24 Heures reports that it was a high mountain guide who discovered the wreckage during an expedition in the area. Due to climate change and the melting of the glacier, the route has changed and now passes where the plane pieces were found.