An aircraft belonging to the Military with many on board disappears
An aircraft belonging to the Chilean military with as many as 38 people on board has disappeared on its way to Antarctica
According to a BBC report, the Chilean Air Force, reacting through a statement, said that the plane a model C-130 Hercules transport aircraft took off from Punta Arenas on Monday at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT), and operators lost contact soon after 18:00 (21:00)
The statement further stated that the plane had already flown for about 450 miles into its 770-mile journey when contact was lost.
Meanwhile a search and rescue operation has been sent to recover the plane.
Among those that were missing include 17 crew members and 21 passengers, who were travelling to provide logistical support.
News agency EFE also disclosed that three of the people on board are civilians.
While equally reacting on the incident, Air Force General Eduardo Mosqueira told local media that the plane did not activate any distress signal while flying to Chile’s Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva base, on Antarctica’s King George Island.
President Sebastián Piñera of Chile has through a tweet indicated that he was “dismayed” by the loss, and was monitoring the situation from the capital, Santiago