Israel helping Chile in search for missing plane with 38 people onboard

Israel helping Chile in search for missing plane with 38 people onboard

Israeli satellites are helping Chile with its search for an Air Force plane that disappeared last night with 38 people onboard while heading to Antarctica.

Chile’s Air Force commander acknowledged Israeli aid for the search last night.

A Chilean military plane with 38 people on board “lost radio communication”, after taking off from the south of the country for a base in Antarctica, Chile’s air force said on Tuesday.

The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft took off from Punta Arenas at 16:55 local time and operators lost contact at 18:13.

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Those missing include 17 crew and 21 passengers.

Three of the passengers were Chilean soldiers; two were civilians employed by engineering and construction firm Inproser, who were going to carry out work on the military base; one was a student at Magellanes University; and the remaining 15 passengers were members of the air force, an official said.

Drake’s Passage, where the plane went missing, is known for severe weather conditions, including freezing temperatures and ferocious storms. But the air force said late on Monday that the weather was good when the plane began its flight, or the mission would not have been carried out.

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