A Military plane of Chilean Air Force disappears en route to Antarctica
SANTIAGO, (BM) – A Chilean military transport aircraft carrying 38 passengers and crew has gone missing, losing radio contact on its way to a base in Antarctica, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting RT.
The military lost contact with the plane, a C-130 Hercules transport craft, on Monday evening while it was traveling to the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva air base in Antarctica. The whereabouts and condition of those on board – of which 17 were crew members and the rest passengers – is not known.
17 tripulantes y 21 pasajeros: Avión de la Fach que viaja a la Antártida se encuentra inubicable https://t.co/CNUvYwMB1p— Edo / えど (@edowoo) December 10, 2019
The Chilean Air Force said it had assembled a “multidisciplinary search and rescue team” to locate the missing craft that had departed from Chabunco Air Base in the city of Punta Arenas on a routine support and maintenance mission.
MISSING AIRCRAFT Local media reporting an Aerovias DAP Avro RJ100 is enroute to search for missing Chilean Air Force C130 Hercules; heading from Chabunco Air Base, Chile to Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva, Antarctica. 38 on board – 17 crew, 21 paxhttps://t.co/pbd6Edyo4g pic.twitter.com/YZUWgEtkDQ— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) December 10, 2019
The Eduardo Frei Montalva air base is the largest of Chile’s four permanent installations on the icy continent, where the country claims a slice of territory covering the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula, and several other adjacent islands. The base is supported by the tiny commune of Villa Las Estrellas, which has a population of about 150 in the summer – between October and February – and only 80 for the rest of the year.
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