"The Chilean Air Force reports that a C130 Hercules aircraft took off at 1655 (1955 GMT) from the city of Punta Arenas, to the President Eduardo Frei Antarctic base (…) 38 people travel," the statement said.
On board travel 38 people, of which 17 are crew members and 21 passengers. “The aircraft complied logistic support tasks, moving for this, personnel for the review of the floating fuel supply pipeline of the base and to perform anticorrosive treatment of national facilities in the area, "they added from the institution.
"Declared the alert status by the loss of communicationsImmediately, the air force of the Air Force was activated, based in the Magallanes Region and in the city of Santiago, together with a multidisciplinary search and rescue team, "the Fach note concludes.
On the way to the Fach building, President Sebastian Pinera was "dismayed" in a message on Twitter and said he "monitors the search and deployment of rescue teams" with Minister Gonzalo Blumen.