A mountain climber has discovered a stash of jewels in the French Alps which are thought to have been onboard a plane that crashed half a century ago.

The climber found the emeralds, rubies and sapphires while climbing on a glacier off Mont Blanc.

The jewels are said to be worth several hundred thousand dollars.

They were discovered in a metal box marked "made in India", and are thought to have been on an Air India flight which crashed in the mountains in 1966, killing all 117 people on board.

French police praised the honesty of the climber for handing over the treasure.

They are currently contacting Indian authorities to determine its rightful owner.

Last year a bag of diplomatic post from the crash was also discovered.

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