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Chile: Jets land in Punta Arenas as search for missing plane continues

Chile, Punta Arenas
December 11, 2019 at 08:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

The search for a missing C-130 aircraft carrying 38 people from Chile to Antarctica continues out of the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas, as the United States, Argentina and Uruguay joined the efforts on Tuesday, 24 hours after the military transport disappeared.

F-16 fighter jets can be seen landing in Punta Arenas, as two merchant chips, two Chilean Navy ships and a variety of aircraft from the Chilean Air Force continue to search the area where the plane disappeared.

Uruguay and Argentina have each dispatched a C-130 plane to help the search effort, while two US satellites are searching for signs of the missing plane from orbit.

Chilean Defence Minister Alberto Espina and Chilean Air Force Commander in Chief, General Arturo Merino Nunez have been in Punta Arenas since Tuesday morning to coordinate the search operation.

Officials said the C-130 Hercules took off in favourable conditions, carrying 17 crew members and 21 passengers to a Chilean base in Antarctica on Monday. It was declared lost seven hours after contact was cut off.

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The search for a missing C-130 aircraft carrying 38 people from Chile to Antarctica continues out of the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas, as the United States, Argentina and Uruguay joined the efforts on Tuesday, 24 hours after the military transport disappeared.

F-16 fighter jets can be seen landing in Punta Arenas, as two merchant chips, two Chilean Navy ships and a variety of aircraft from the Chilean Air Force continue to search the area where the plane disappeared.

Uruguay and Argentina have each dispatched a C-130 plane to help the search effort, while two US satellites are searching for signs of the missing plane from orbit.

Chilean Defence Minister Alberto Espina and Chilean Air Force Commander in Chief, General Arturo Merino Nunez have been in Punta Arenas since Tuesday morning to coordinate the search operation.

Officials said the C-130 Hercules took off in favourable conditions, carrying 17 crew members and 21 passengers to a Chilean base in Antarctica on Monday. It was declared lost seven hours after contact was cut off.

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