An aircraft maintenance crew found a hidden stash of 24 gold bars worth $1.2 million aboard a commercial Jet Airways Boeing 737 bathroom on Tuesday at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, India. The gold weigh 53 pounds, was packed in two bags and left in a compartment in the bathroom of the aircraft. The flight had traveled from Mumbai to Thailand’s capital Bangkok, before returning to Kolkata for the night. an investigation had been launched but no arrests had been made.
India has traditionally been the world’s largest importer of gold, although that title is being threatened this year by China. Much of India’s vast gold consumption is hoarded or offered to the gods.