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Chile military aircraft with 38 on board crashed en route to Antarctica

Christian Fernsby |
A Chilean Air Force plane carrying 38 passengers to a base in Antarctica is presumed to have crashed.

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The Air Force issued a statement saying the C130 Hercules aircraft took off from an air base in the city of Punta Arenas just before 5 p.m. and lost radio contact just over an hour later en route to the President Eduardo Frei Montalva Antarctic Air Base.

Seventeen crew members and 21 passengers including three civilians were on board, the Associated Press reported.

A later statement from the Air Force released the names of all the passengers, and said it had made contact with their direct relatives.

“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 said at a press conference, according to CNN. “Given that, it is already assumed that the plane has crashed.”

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