Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Chile air force plane disappears with 21 aboard

A Chilean air force plane carrying 21 people disappeared over the Pacific Ocean its way to the remote Juan Fernandez archipelago, officials said in a statement, as authorities said debris from the plane had been found.

Juan Fernandez’s Mayor Leopoldo Gonzalez yesterday told state channel TVN that a search team had “found debris in the sea.”

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Defense Minister Andres Allamand meanwhile said the plane, a turboprop-powered Casa 212, had attempted to land on the island on two occasions but failed and “after which, contact was lost.”

Among those onboard was a TV crew from TVN — including popular television host Felipe Camiroaga — who was heading there for a report on how the archipelago was rebuilding from being hit by a tsunami following the February 27, 2010 earthquake, confirmed radio station Cooperativa in a report.

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