Chilean Air Force says C-130 gone missing with 38 on board ‘wrecked’
BOGOTA, Colombia — The Chilean Air Force said that it considers a C-130 Hercules aircraft that went missing with 38 people on board en route to an Antarctic base “wrecked.”
“The Chilean Air Force communicates that, after more than seven hours since losing radio contact, it considers the C-130 Hercules plane wrecked,” the air force said in a statement released in the early hours of Tuesday.
The Chilean Air Force said that all aerial and naval resources available in the area, both Chilean and foreign, were continuing to search the area where radio contact was lost in a bid to rescue potential survivors.
The plane, belonging to the air force’s Grupo 10, took off from the Chabunco air base in Punta Arenas, in the south of the country, at 4:55 pm (1955 GMT) on Tuesday and lost radio contact at 6:13 pm, the FACh said in a previous statement.
The aircraft was headed to the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva Base, Chile’s most important Antarctic base. It was carrying 38 people, 17 aircraft crew and 21 passengers.
“The aircraft was carrying out logistical support tasks, transferring personnel sent to revise the floating fuel supply pipeline of the base and to perform anticorrosive treatment of national facilities in the area,” the statement said.
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