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Human remains found with wreckage of Chilean plane lost near Antarctica – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Human remains found with wreckage of Chilean plane lost near Antarctica – The Guardian, Theguardian.com


  • Chilean cargo plane had people onboard
  • ‘Practically impossible that anyone could have survived’

    (****************************************************************************************A handout photo made available by the Chilean air force shows the last known position of the Hercules C-130 plane and the position where wreckage was discovered.

    (************************************ (****************************************(****************************************** (**********************************A photo made available by the Chilean air force shows the last known position of the Hercules C – plane and the position where wreckage was discovered. Photograph: Chilean Air Force / Handout / EPA (**************************************

The Chilean air force has found the wreckage of the military transport plane that disappeared en route to (Antarctica) and recovered human remains from some of the 38 people who were on board.

There were no survivors, Arturo Merino, the head of Chile’s air force, told reporters. (********************************************** “The condition of the remains we discovered make it practically impossible that anyone could have survived the airplane accident,” Merino said. “I feel immense pain for this loss of lives.”The aircraft, which was heading to a base in Antarctica on a regular flight, disappeared shortly after taking off late on Monday from the southern city of Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia. It carried (passengers and) ******************************************************************************************* (crew members.) ************************************************* Within several hours, the air force declared the plane a loss, but extreme weather conditions, including low clouds, strong winds and massive, rolling ocean swells initially complicated search efforts.

The first pieces of debris from the planewere discovered by Chilean air force officials late on Wednesday. A Brazilian ship sailing in the region also found pieces of the plane. (********************************************** The air force’s Merino said authorities would immediately conduct forensic analyzes on the remains to confirm their origin.

The plane crashed over the Drake Sea, a vast untouched ocean wilderness off the southernmost edge of the South American continent that plunges to 3, (meters) 13, (ft). (*************************************************

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