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US News Chilean military declares plane lost as searchers scour Antarctica for answers

05:50  11 december  2019
05:50  11 december  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Graphic on an Antarctica -bound Chilean Air Force military plane which disappeared on Monday after taking off from the southern city of Punta Arenas. The planes and ships are searching in an area with a 60 mile radius of where officials lost contact with the Hercules, Torres said.

Search crews are combing the Antarctic for a Chilean military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent. Chile ’s air force said it lost radio contact with a Answers to what may have gone wrong could be in the plane ’s flight data recorder, he said, but

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The search continues for a lost Chilean plane in Antarctica that was carrying 38 people and had been headed for a military base when communication with the ground ceased.

The Air Force is using over a dozen planes, three satellites and two ships to conduct the search. The lost Air Force transport plane took off in stable condition on Monday with 17 crew members and 21 passengers but has not been heard from since.

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Searchers using planes , ships and satellites were combing Antarctic seas on Tuesday, hunting for a Chilean Air Force transport plane carrying 38 people that Relatives of passengers of a missing military plane comfort each other as they arrive at the Cerrillos airbase in Santiago, Chile , on Dec.

(SANTIAGO, Chile ) — Chile ’s air force lost radio contact with a transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight Monday evening to the country’s base in Antarctica , and authorities indicated several hours later The military said earlier that it had declared an alert and activated search and rescue teams.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said, "every humanly possible effort" is being made to locate the plane. Officials lost contact with the C-130 Hercules aircraft at 6:13 p.m. on Monday, only 90 minutes after the plane departed from Punta Arenas.

a red traffic light: A Chilean C-130 Hercules unloading cargo at Base Antarctica Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva in Antarctica in 2004. © Victor Rojas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A Chilean C-130 Hercules unloading cargo at Base Antarctica Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva in Antarctica in 2004.

The two pilots who were flying the Hercules were reported to be experienced flyers but likely faced extreme weather conditions on their route along Drake's Passage.

Drake’s Passage, the sea between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica, has a history of raging storms and frozen temperatures. But the Air Force said late Monday that the plane would never have been cleared for takeoff if bad weather had been expected.

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The plane was on a maintenance mission to a Chilean base on Antarctica when it lost radio contact, the Chilean Air Force said. A Chilean C-130 Hercules Chilean military aircraft were dispatched to search for the missing plane . The plane would have been about 450 miles into a journey of about 770

But seven hours after losing communication officials declared that the plane had crashed. The planes and ships are searching in an area with a 60 mile radius of where officials lost contact with In September 2011, a Chilean military plane with 21 people aboard crashed near Robinson Crusoe

Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira of the Fourth Air Brigade told local media that a ship was sent out to where contact was lost with the plane and that a full search is still underway.

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“Antarctica is different. It’s hard to fly because of changing conditions,” he said.

The plane, which is over 40 years old, is equipped with four flotation rafts which can hold up to 20 passengers each if the pilots had to ditch the aircraft in the ocean.

Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil announced they were sending crews to assist Chile in their search, and will employ infrared technology in an effort to find the wreckage.

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