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Chilean Air Force plane to Antarctica crashes with 38 Individuals aboard

A Chilean Air Force airplane flying into Antarctica with 38 individuals on board crashed on Monday afternoon, officials said.

The C130 Hercules, that removed from the town of Punta Arenas, was flying to President Eduardo Frei Montalva Antarctic Air Base as it vanished, Chile’s Air Force said in a statement.

The airplane, which was moving personnel to a floating gas supply pipeline, lost radio shortly after 6:00 p.m. Officials later said it had crashed.

Twenty-one individuals aboard the airplane were passengers and 17 were team members, the announcement said.

President Sebastian PiƱera said police were tracking research and rescue attempts.