Human remains found in search for Chilean plane, says provincial leader

Clay Curtis
December 12, 2019

Highly likely debris from a missing Chilean air force plane that had 38 people on board has been found, officials have said.

General Eduardo Mosqueira, of the Chilean Air Force, said "sponge" material, possibly from the plane's fuel tank, was found roughly 19 miles (30km) from the place the C-130 Hercules plane last made radio contact.

Early on Tuesday morning concluded the air force that it had to be crashed.

Those aboard the plane were to perform logistical support tasks for the maintenance of Chilean facilities at the Antarctic base, the Air Force said.

The reason for the crash was unknown and officials confessed the slender odds of finding any survivors.

The air force lost contact with the plane when it was some 700 kilometers from Punta Arenas and 500 kilometers from its destination. The Chilean Air Force reported that it lost track of a plane with 38 people on board.

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Drake's Passage is a part of the sea located at the center of the southern extremes of South America and Antarctica.

He added that improved visibility was helping crews who were using planes, satellites and vessels from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and the U.S.as well as Chile.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile and with the families of the missing as we join other regional partners supporting Chile's ongoing search for the C-130, its crew and their passengers", SOUTHCOM commander US Navy Adm. Craig Faller said in a press release.

The search and rescue operation has already conducted an initial overflight of the area where the C-130 was believed to have gone down, but it yielded no signs of the missing aircraft.

The region where the plane disappeared is a vast, largely untouched ocean wilderness of penguin-inhabited ice sheets off the edge of the South American continent with depths of 11,500ft (3,500 meters).

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense also stated in an announcement that one of its ships had regained private items and debris harmonious with the airplane, about 311 kilometers from the southern city of Ushuaia at Patagonia.

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