Chilean Air Force Finds Debris from Cargo Plane That Crashed With 38 People Aboard

Relatives of passengers on board Chile’s Air Force Hercules C-130 aircraft, which crashed over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South America and the Antarctic, arrive from Santiago to an Air Force base in Punta Arenas city, Chile, on Wednesday.
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The Chilean air force has located debris believed to be from a cargo plane that crashed this week with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South America and Antarctica.

The debris, which was found 18 miles (30km) south of where the plane last made contact, will be recovered for analysis to determine if it belonged to the Hercules C-130 cargo plane, the air force said in a statement.

The aircraft disappeared shortly after taking off late on Monday from the southern city of Punta Arenas. The air force concluded the aircraft must have crashed early the next morning, given the number of hours it had been missing.

“We will continue the search and hope for a better result,” Gen Eduardo Mosqueira, who leads the search effort, told reporters.

The cause of the crash was unknown and officials acknowledged the slim chances of finding survivors.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Chilean military sent fighter jets in an expansion of its search after large rolling waves in the icy Drake Passage and low clouds had complicated the mission the day before.

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SOURCE: The Guardian