Chilean Air Force says Antarctica-bound plane missing with 38 on board

Chilean Air Force says Antarctica-bound plane missing with 38 on board

SANTIAGO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The Chilean Air Force reported on Monday the disappearance of one of its cargo planes that was headed to a base in Antarctica with 38 people on board.

The Hercules C130 aircraft took off at 4:55 p.m. (1955 GMT) from the southern city of Punta Arenas and operators lost contact with it shortly after 6:00 p.m.

“On board the C130 Hercules are 38 people, of which 17 are crew members of the aircraft and 21 are passengers,” the Air Force said in a statement.

A state of alert was declared after communication with plane was lost, and a search and rescue team was activated.

The aircraft was traveeling to perform logistical support tasks for the maintenance of Chilean facilities at the Antarctic base. (Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)


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