Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Human remains from Chilean military plane found floating in water

Human remains from Chilean military plane found floating in water

The parts were recovered and taken to land for analysis to determine if they are indeed from the doomed plane.

Personal items included a backpack and a shoe, officials said. "I feel enormous pain for this loss of lives". Officials lost contact with the plane about 90 minutes after takeoff.

The first pieces of debris from the plane were discovered by Chilean air force officials late on Wednesday.

The plane was traveling to Chile's President Eduardo Frei Montalva Antarctica Air Base on the Antarctic coast. The man on the left is the Chile's Defense Minister Alberto Espina and the right is the Gen. Cristian Pizarro, the commander of the rescue mission.

Most of the wreckage is at the bottom of the ocean, more than 2 miles underwater, and recovery could be hard, officials said. He said they could resort to taking video from remote operated vehicles. "It's just not possible", Coleman told the AP.

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The plane crashed over the Drake Sea, a vast untouched ocean wilderness off the southernmost edge of the South American continent that plunges to 3500 metres. Pilots say the driving storms with powerful wind gusts brings challenges. No emergency signals was made.

Defense Minister Alberto Espina said at a news conference that all 38 people aboard the plane are dead, adding that it was almost impossible to expect that any survivors to be found.

The first human remains will arrive ashore on Friday, authorities said. Many relatives of the victims rushed to the Punta Arenas in search of answers.

Among the passengers were three civilians: a civil engineering college student, an employee working on aerial photographs, and an electrician. He was headed to study drinking water systems at the military base.

Its last known position was about 390 nautical miles from Punta Arenas and 280 nautical miles from the Antarctic base, according to the Air Force.

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