QT-Online / Monday, December 9, 2019 / Categories: Top News Chilean military plane with 38 on board disappears en route to Antarctica A Chilean military transport aircraft carrying 38 passengers and crew has gone missing, losing radio contact on its way to a base in Antarctica. The military lost contact with the plane, a C-130 Hercules transport craft, on Monday evening while it was traveling to the Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva air base in Antarctica. The whereabouts and condition of those on board – of which 17 were crew members and the rest of them passengers – is not known. The Chilean Air Force said it had assembled a “multidisciplinary search and rescue team” to locate the missing craft that had departed from Chabunco Air Base in the city of Punta Arenas on a routine support and maintenance mission. The Eduardo Frei Montalva air base is the largest of Chile’s four permanent installation on the icy continent, where the country claims a slice of territory covering the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and several other adjacent islands. The base is supported by the tiny commune of Villa Las Estrellas, which has a population of about 150 in the summer – between October and February – and only 80 for the rest of the year. Previous Article Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup Next Article King Salman of Saudi Arabia welcomes Qatar’s PM in Riyadh Print 1405 Rate this article: No rating Please login or register to post comments.