Chilean Air Force airframe missing with 21 aboard

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  1. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    Chilean plane missing, 21 feared dead

    Updated September 03, 2011 14:15:31

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    A Chilean air force plane has disappeared off the country's Pacific coast with 21 people aboard.
    The CASA 212 Chilean airforce plane tried to land twice on the tiny airstrip on Robinson Crusoe island, 600 kilometres off the Chilean coast, before it went missing in the late afternoon.
    Chilean defence minister Andres Allamand said radio contact was lost and nothing has been heard of the plane since.
    State television channel TVN said one of its television crews was on board, including popular presenter Felipe Camiroaga.
    The crew were flying to the Juan Fernandez islands to make a television program about the archipelago's recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that hit the islands in February last year.
    "I empathize with the anguish and uncertainty of the relatives of the 21 passengers aboard the plane which is presumed to have gone down," president Sebastian Pinera said. "This is a very hard blow for our country."
    Captain Otto Mrugalski, who is directing search and rescue efforts, said no remains of the plane had been found around the Juan Fernandez islands.
    But the mayor of the islands, Leopoldo Gonzalez, told state television that passengers' belongings had been found in the sea about a kilometre from the islands' landing strip.
    Local radio Bio Bio later cited Mr Gonzalez as saying a door of the plane had been found in the water.
    Felipe Paredes, who staffs the control tower at the landing strip, said he saw the plane struggling to land and cited heavy winds and sporadic rain.
    "When the plane was blown off course by the wind, it managed to pull up again," he said.
    But Mr Paredes said he then lost sight of the plane.
  2. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    Chilean authorities have called in a psychic to find the bodies of 17 people still missing after a military plane crash near the remote Robinson Crusoe Island in the Pacific Ocean.
    "We are working with a person who is on one of the (search) boats," Defence Minister Andres Allamand told national Chilean TV in response to a question of whether a medium was taking part in recovery efforts.
    "Not only are we using all of our technological capabilities, but also all the human and superhuman abilities that may exist," he said.
    Mr Allamand, who has been on the island since Saturday (local time), earlier sought to lower expectations that all the victims' bodies will be recovered.
    "We must prepare for the possibility that we will not find some of the bodies," he warned.
    The Chilean government has organised a huge search in waters off the island where the plane went down late on Friday (local time) carrying 21 people.
    On Sunday (local time), officials declared two days of national mourning, while only four bodies and a small amount of aircraft debris have been found so far.
    The search continued on Sunday even though the government said there was no hope anyone survived the crash.
    The air force plane had made two abortive attempts to land at Robinson Crusoe before radio contact was lost.
    The victims included one of the country's best-known television personalities.
    Thousands gathered at state broadcaster TVN to remember daily morning talk show host Felipe Camiroaga, who was travelling to the island with a crew to report on reconstruction efforts after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused devastation last year.
    Robinson Crusoe, believed to have been the setting for the famous novel by 18th century British author Daniel Defoe, is the main island of the Juan Fernandez archipelago, which lies in the Pacific about 700 kilometres west of the South American coastline.
    The Chilean navy is using sonar equipment to try to locate the fuselage of the aircraft, which officials believe may hold the remaining crash victims.

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