Chilean military aircraft loses radio contact with 38 aboard


Santiago: A Chilean military plane with 38 people aboard disappeared after taking off from the south of the country for a base in Antarctica.

The aircraft “lost radio communication” on Monday, Chile’s Air Force said. The Air Force said 17 of those aboard were crew and the other 21 were passengers.

An Air Force statement said: “A C-130 Hercules aircraft took off at 16:55 (19:55 GMT) from the city of Punta Arenas to the President Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base”.

The four-engine plane took off from the Chabunco air base in Punta Arenas, about 1,873 miles (3,016 kilometers) south of Santiago.

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