Fatal plane crash: Glacier left debris after 54 years

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Glacier left debris after 54 years

Global warming is making the Earth’s ice-covered areas smaller and smaller. Glaciers in the Alps are also shrinking. Thus the wreckage of the plane that crashed in 1968 reappears on the surface.

More than 50 years after a small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, a glacier has left plane debris. Police said parts of the plane were found on Thursday on the Aletsch Glacier in the southwestern canton of Valais. According to preliminary investigations, they belonged to a Piper Cherokee aircraft that crashed in late June 1968. Now they should be fixed as soon as possible.

A teacher, a Zurich doctor and their son were on board when the plane crashed 500 meters south of Jungfraujoch between the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks, local newspapers reported. The bodies could have been recovered in time, but the machine could not.

Police said that due to the melting of glaciers as a result of climate change, it is unlikely that more aircraft debris or parts of the wreckage will be found. For safety reasons, searchers should not touch them, but should mark the spot where they were found and immediately report it to the police.

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