Chilean Air Force plane carrying 38 people presumed to have crashed during flight to Antarctica

by Editorial Team

Chilean officials believe an Air Force plane carrying 38 people is likely to have crashed during a flight to Antarctica on Monday.

Search and rescue teams were enlisted after radio communication between the plane and Chile’s Air Force went out.

“The plane is presumed to have crashed, given that the amount of fuel and the plane’s autonomy had already run out,” Gen. Francisco Torres told the media, according to CNN.

“Given that, it is already assumed that the plane has crashed.”

The Air Force is now searching for potential survivors around the area where contact with the plane was lost. There were 21 passengers and 17 crew members aboard the C-130 Hercules model plane, which had departed from the Chilean city of Punta Arenas at 4:53 p.m. local time to head to a base in Antarctica.

Less than an hour and a half later, communication with the plane was lost.

Authorities said Tuesday morning that the plane would probably have run out of fuel by 12:40 a.m., noting they hadn’t been in touch with the aircraft in seven hours.

The plane would not have been cleared to take off had the weather not been deemed safe to fly in, officials said.


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