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Antarctica-bound plane missing with 38 on board, says Chilean Air Force

  • A state of alert was declared after communication with plane was lost, and a search and rescue team was activated
  • The aircraft was traveeling to perform logistical support tasks for the maintenance of Chilean facilities at the Antarctic base

SANTIAGO: The Chilean Air Force reported on Monday the disappearance of one of its cargo planes that was headed to a base in Antarctica with 38 people on board.

The Hercules C130 aircraft took off at 4:55 p.m. (1955 GMT) from the southern city of Punta Arenas and operators lost contact with it shortly after 6:00 p.m.

 "On board the C130 Hercules are 38 people, of which 17 are crew members of the aircraft and 21 are passengers," the Air Force said in a statement.

 A state of alert was declared after communication with plane was lost, and a search and rescue team was activated.

 The aircraft was traveeling to perform logistical support tasks for the maintenance of Chilean facilities at the Antarctic base.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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