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Chilean Air Force plane disappears with 38 people on board, officials say

According to Bay County Sheriff's officials, human remains have been found at Pine Log State...
According to Bay County Sheriff's officials, human remains have been found at Pine Log State Park. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 9:43 PM CST
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A Chilean Air Force cargo plane carrying 38 people disappeared Monday afternoon, the Chilean Air Force said in a statement. The Antarctica-bound plane departed at 4:55 p.m. local time from Punta Arenas, officials said, and lost contact with operators at 6:13 p.m. local time, approximately six hours from time of publication.

The Air Force said that the C-130 Hercules was carrying 17 crew members and 21 passengers. After the plane lost contact, officials launched a state of alert and dispatched a search and rescue team.

The plane was traveling to Antarctica to help maintain facilities at Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva, a Chilean base on the northern tip of the continent, according to the statement.