Chilean C-130 missing enroute to Antarctica


A Chilean Air Force plane with 38 people aboard that went missing Monday night on its way to Antarctica is presumed to have crashed, said the Air Force on Tuesday.

“The plane is presumed to have crashed, given that the amount of fuel and the plane’s autonomy had already run out. Given that, it is already assumed that the plane has crashed,” said Gen. Francisco Torres in a televised press conference.

The C-130 Hercules aircraft had departed from the Chilean capital of Santiago and stopped briefly in Punta Arenas near the country’s southern tip, the Chilean Air Force said in a statement, The four-engine aircraft then continued toward the country’s Antarctic base before losing radio contact around 6 p.m. local time near the Drake Passage, the body of water between the tip of South America and Antarctica.

Its last known position was about 390 nautical miles from Punta Arenas and 280 nautical miles from the Antarctic base, according to the Air Force.
There were 17 crew members and 21 other passengers on board, who were on their way to perform “logistical support tasks” such as repairing the floating oil pipeline that provides fuel for the base, said the Air Force.
In addition to crew members, the plane was also carrying personnel from the armed forces, an engineering firm, and the University of Magallanes.
After the plane lost contact, the Air Force declared a state of alert and mobilized a search and rescue team, activating Air Force resources in Santiago and the Magallanes region in southern Chile. President Sebastian Pinera said in a tweet. Air and maritime authorities are still searching for survivors in the area of the plane’s last known location and informing the families of the passengers on board the Air Force said.
Argentina, Uruguay, and the United States have joined the search effort, according to a press release from the Chilean Air Force on Tuesday.

Two US satellites are being used to capture images of the location where the plane went missing.

A ir Force General Eduardo Mosqueira told reporters Tuesday that the “intensified” search efforts will continue for six days, and possibly extend over 10 days.

He added that the aircraft was in good condition at the time of takeoff – as it began a routine monthly flight to Antarctica.

The C-130 is considered a workhorse of modern militaries around the globe. The four-engine turboprop is used transport troops, equipment and cargo. The planes can carry up to 42,000 pounds of cargo or about 90 combat troops.

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Reminds me kinda of the book Alive we have to read that in ELA class. how a plane went missing


Never read the book but I saw the movie

You guys thinking of the Andes crash? Where they had to become cannibals to survive?


Yep talking about The Miracle of the Andes

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Hopefully it was just some freak accident where radio contact cut out and they made it safely to the base in Antarctica.

Its passed that they never arrived.

Well then hopefully they survived and at least crashed on Antarctica and not the Drake Passage.


They’re not sure where it went down. According to CNN and others there’s a big SAR going on and the US had two satellites helping to locate it


Surprise Uruguay is joining the search efforts. They have a very small fleet of ships to deploy to search and just as small of an Air Force. Plus they are located nearly 1500miles from the crash site.

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It is always tragic whenever any aircraft goes missing, and I cannot even fathom the anguish, and despair of those on board’s loved ones.
Although you always have to hold out hope until an official announcement, I really don’t like the odds of ditching a C130 on open ocean.
The 38 souls on board will be in my heart tonight, I wish the best for all onboard.


These flights are kept under meticulous regulations. Very sad to see a 130 go missing.


Has it been found yet?

They found some debris from the aircraft


BIG R.I.P sad to see a 130 go ! :(

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Here’s an article

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Prayers to the family, friends, and victims…

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