A Chilean military plane with 38 individuals on board “lost radio communication” subsequent to taking off from the south part of the nation for a base in Antarctica, Chile’s Air Force informed on Tuesday.
The C-130 Hercules took off at 19:55 GMT from the city of Punta Arenas on Monday to President Eduardo Frei Antarctic Base but it lost contact at 21:13 GMT, Chile’s Air Force said in their statement.
The plane conveyed 17 crew members and 21 travelers, including three civilians. The staff was traveling to chek a floating fuel supply line and other gear at the Chilean base.
President Sebastian Pinera said in a tweet that he would travel to Punta Arenas alongside Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.
Once there, they would get together with Defense Minister Alberto Espina to overview the inquiry and rescue operation.
Drake’s Passage, where the plane disappeared, is infamous for its extreme climate conditions, including frigid temperatures and savage storms. But the Air force said that the climate was great when the plane started its flight, else the mission would not have been given a go-ahead.
No alarm was raised before the plane went off the radar, also the plane was otherwise scheduled to return back to its fleet on Monday night, informed General Eduardo.