A Chilean military transport plane with 38 passengers was on its way to Antarctica and crashed, report of the Chilean air force. It was already more than twelve o’clock is missing.
The air force says in a statement that the location of the aircraft is still not established. On the basis of the number of hours that the unit has gone missing, says the air force that the plane has crash-landed.
On board were 17 crew members and 21 passengers. Search and rescue a search is currently looking for possible survivors, to let the Chilean air force to know about it.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft was on its way to the southern most continent of the world, to provide logistical support to a military base on the island of King George, it is one of the South Shetland islands.
Contact was lost over the Drake passage
The plane was at 18.13 hrs local time (22.13 hrs cet) is the contact with the air traffic control has been lost, once the device is at 16.55 hrs local time, took off from Punta Arenas.
The Chilean air force is on Twitter, and a map with the possible location of the missing device to be shared. It is seen that the top of the Street, Drake was lost.
This strait is situated between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The area is known for unpredictable weather conditions.
The first flight over the area where the plane went missing, it would have been hit, it has so far not been successful.
According to the air force, the plane is still enough fuel on board to get up to 0.40 pm, local time, in the air.
The chilean prime minister is upset by this
The Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera says, “taken aback” by the loss of the aircraft, and a military base, went to the rescue, and to monitor it. He does this in collaboration with the ministry of Home Affairs and the minister of Defense (dod).
During the rescue operation, eight aircraft and four ships to be deployed.
On board of the missing aircraft, five Chilean soldiers and two civilians working for a construction company Inproser, and one is a student at the university of Magallanes. The other fifteen of the passengers were employees of the Chilean air force.