Chilean plane en route to Antarctica disappears with 38 on board

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A military plane with 38 people on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, Chile’s air force says.

The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft took off from Punta Arenas at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT), and operators lost contact at 18:13 (21:13). Those missing include 17 crew and 21 passengers.

They were travelling to provide logistical support to a military base on Antarctica’s King George Island. A search-and-rescue mission is under way.

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