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A hand was found almost perfectly preserved in the ice (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Frozen body parts thought to belong to passengers killed in a plane crash more than 50 years ago have been found in the French Alps.

Despite searching for years, he said he had never found any significant human remains before but this time he had found the hand and the upper part of a leg.

The remains are thought to be from one of two Air India planes that crashed in the area in the mid 20th century (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The body parts have now been taken for tests (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The remains are thought to belong to passengers of one of two Air India planes to have crashed in the area.

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The first flight crashed in the mountain in 1950, killing 48 people.

The second aircraft, also an Air India Boeing 707, crashed near Mont Blancs summit in January 1966 while flying from Mumbai to New York. All 117 people on board were killed.

Roche also found debris from the aircraft that had crashed in 1966 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Roche said the remains he had found were likely to be from a female passenger on the 1966 flight,
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as he had also discovered one of the planes four jet engines.

He contacted the local emergency services in the Chamonix valley, who flew the remains down the mountain in a helicopter, so that they could be examined by experts.

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These remains are probably not from the same person, Stephane Bozon, from the local gendarmerie, said.

They are probably from passengers, but between the two aircrafts its difficult to say.

It comes after the frozen remains of a couple Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife Francine were found perfectly preserved in the Diablerets massif in the Swiss Alps two weeks ago.
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