Published: Tue, December 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chilean military plane 'disappears' with 38 aboard

Chilean military plane 'disappears' with 38 aboard

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.

After the plane lost contact, the Air Force declared a state of alert and mobilized a search and rescue team, activating Air Force resources in Santiago and the Magallanes region in southern Chile. Those on board were to check on a floating fuel supply line and other equipment at the Chilean base.

President Sebastian Pinera said via Twitter that he was with his defence and interior ministers at the air force headquarters monitoring developments.

Twenty-one people aboard the plane were passengers and 17 were crew members, the statement said.

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A C-130 Hercules has disappeared en route to Antarctica, the Chilean air force said in a statement (stock picture).

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No emergency signals had been activated on the plane when operators lost contact, General Eduardo Mosqueira of the Fourth Air Brigade told reporters.

Mosqueira said the aircraft would have been about halfway to the Antarctic base at the time communications went down.

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