Allan Tramontana - Recovery during the expedition to the crash site of Air-India flights on Mont Blanc.
Mr. Allan Tramontana is a Policeman by profession and an Amateur historian, treasure hunter of every kind. He lives in France and has being going on expeditions since 2017, 3 or 4 times each year on the Bossons glacier on Mont Blanc (The Bossons Glacier is one of the larger glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif of the Alps) .
Interestingly, Mont Blanc is where two successive crashes, first the Lockheed Constellation L-749 “Malabar Princess” VT-CQP, under the command of Captain A Saint, crashed 200 metres from the summit of Mont Blanc, killing all 40 passengers and 8 crew on board. The aeroplane was located on 5 November 1950 and the second crash was Air-India Boeing 707 VT-DMN “Kanchenjunga” flying from Bombay to New York on 24th January 1966 under the command of Capt. J.T. D’Souza, crashed into a rock shoulder called “Rocher de la Tournette” on Mont Blanc at 15,400 feet in thick cloud while on approach to land at Geneva. After the crash wreckage was strewn over a wise area in Glacier.
Mr. Tramontana was on an expedition at the crash site, when he discovered the wreckage which believed to be from the crash of Kanchenjunga and found pieces of engines, tires etc., which were scattered along the length of the glacier and with the movement of glacier, some material has come out during the thaw and other small pieces have fallen lower under the glacier, with the water that flows.
It was the 12th June 2020, when whole world was witnessing the never seen before pandemic caused by Covid-19 virus and every one was at home to protect themselves from this virus , Mr. Tramontana was on his usual expedition on the Bossons Glacier and during this expedition, he has discovered pieces of a “Diplomatic Bag” of the “Ministry of External Affairs” having many newspapers, journals, official letters to the Indian Embassy in Washington. He had also able to find the image of the clothes & airplanes parts including an engine that was recovered on 4th July 2020 by the French Gendarmerie.
These are pieces of history which will keep coming up and creating a keen interest in this subject for the researcher, historian and collector around the world.
We would like to thank and acknowledge Mr. Allan Tramontana for his kind gesture to share the images with us from his discovery and allow us to put it on our blog.
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