Air Force: Chile military plane disappears with 38 aboard

Elias Hubbard
December 10, 2019

A military plane with 38 on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, Chile's air force says in a statement.

The aircraft, a C-130 Hercules, had taken off from Punta Arenas in southern Chile at 4:55 p.m. local time on Monday.

It said the military had declared an alert and activated search and rescue teams. "38 people are traveling", the Air Force said in a statement.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said in a tweet that he was "dismayed" by the disappearance, and was monitoring the situation from the capital, Santiago. All contact was lost at 6:13 p.m. when the aircraft was flying over Drake Passage, a body of water which connects the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.

General Eduardo Mosqueira of the Fourth Air Brigade told local media that a search was underway and a ship was in the area where the plane should have been when contact was lost.

The aircraft was traveeling to perform logistical support tasks for the maintenance of Chilean facilities at the Antarctic base.

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