Published On: Tue, Dec 10th, 2019

Chile missing aeroplane: Antartica-bound plane with 38 passengers disappears | World | News

The Hercules C130 aircraft took off at 4.55pm local time (7.55pm GMT) from Punta Arenas in Chile. However, the operators lost contact shortly after take off at around 6pm.

The plane disappeared from radar and a search and rescue operation has now been launched.

The aircraft disappeared when it was flying over Drake Passage, a region of water which connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

A statement from the Chilean Air Force said that there were 38 people onboard the plane.

The people were made up of 17 crew members and 21 passengers.

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The aircraft was travelling to Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva which is on King George Island, off the coast of Antarctica.

The Air Force statement read: “The aircraft was carrying out logistical support tasks, transferring personnel for the revision of the floating fuel supply pipeline at the base and for carrying out anticorrosive treatment of national facilities in the area.”

There has been no information released of those on board.

However, most of the passengers were said to be members of the airforce.

More to follow…

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