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Chile C-130 Missing Enroute Antarctica

Old 13th Dec 2019, 07:07
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seems to have happened quite suddenly - the wreckage isn't that far from the last call from the aircraft.
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 08:37
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Some years ago whilst in the FI I got chatting to the crew of the British Antarctic Survey Dash 7 that I'd earlier seen arrive at Stanley Airport.

The story of their day was that they'd set off south to the British Base in Antarctica (Rothera) and several hours in had to turn back as stronger than forecast headwinds had got them to the point of insufficient fuel to make their destination.

I'm not saying that's what may have happened here but sobering nonetheless.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 16:29
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The remains of 38 people killed in a military plane crash have been flown to a military base in Chile for identification.

"A C-130 plane arrived at the Chabunco airbase, with the first findings of human remains and personal items .. these were already delivered to the Public Ministry ... to confirm the identity of the people that went missing," the Chilean air force in a tweet on Friday.

On Friday, a total of 39 relatives of 11 crash victims flew from the capital Santiago to Punta Arenas, where the base is located, to provide DNA samples. Thirty-eight people - 21 passengers and 17 crew - were on the plane that crashed on Monday, en route to a base in far-southern Chile on a regular maintenance flight for an Antarctic base. Radio contact was lost 70 minutes later.

After midnight, the air force declared the plane a loss, but it was not until Wednesday that a plane scanning the seas first spotted floating debris believed to be from the plane.

Authorities say they have not ruled out anything as to the cause of the crash, while they also called for national mourning on Saturday and Sunday.

El @GobiernodeChile decreta duelo nacional para el sábado 14 y domingo 15 con motivo del accidente del avión C-130 #FACh.
Este lamentable suceso no solo enluta a las familias afectadas sino a nuestra Institución completa y los próximos dos días la bandera se izará a media asta. pic.twitter.com/juoEtISzB2

— Fuerza Aérea de Chile (@FACh_Chile) December 13, 2019
(Translation: The Government of Chile decrees national mourning for Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 on the occasion of the C-130 #FACh plane crash. This unfortunate event not only mourns affected families but our entire institution and the next two days the flag will be raised at half-mast. - Chile air force)

According to reports, the plane made no emergency signal prior to its disappearance, indicating the circumstances of the accident were likely abrupt. The air force has said the plane's maintenance record was in order.
It also said it will investigate a WhatsApp audio message sent by a passenger to relatives that allegedly said the plane was having electrical problems.
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Old 1st Mar 2020, 21:35
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(Google Translate, please)

The lawyer Maximiliano Delgado, representing 15 families with relatives lost on board the C130, claims FACH is guilty of manslaughter following disclosure of confidential report claiming tank no 1 and 4 fuel quantity indicators inop and crews request for replacement parts to one faulty oil cooler flap.
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