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Military plane carrying 38 people goes missing

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A Chilean military plane carrying 38 people on board while flying to a base in Antarctica has disappeared.

The cargo plane, identified as a Hercules C130, departed from the southern city of Punta Arenas at 4:55 p.m. on Monday evening (Dec.9) to the country’s base in Antarctica. But an hour later, operators lost radio contact.

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The C-130 Hercules which was carrying 17 crew members and 21 passengers, including three civilians were traveling to provide logistical support to a military base on Antarctica’s King George Island.

The air force “continues the search in the sector where communication with the aircraft was lost, in order to rescue potential survivors,” a statement said.

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President Sebastian Pinera has disclosed that he and Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel would fly to Punta Arenas where they would meet up with Defense Minister Alberto Espina to monitor a search and rescue mission to locate the missing plane and its passengers.

The air force posted a map showing the location of the plane before it went missing.

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