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article imageUpdate: Crash of Chilean aircraft confirmed, bodies found

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 3, 2011 in World
Santiago - The fate of a Chilean Air Force plane that went missing last night after failed attempts to land at the airport of the main island of the Juan Fernández archipelago has been determined: the plane crashed at sea; four bodies have been found so far.
Radio and visual contact with the CASA C-212 plane of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) was lost on Friday at about 17:48 hrs. The aircraft was completing a flight from Santiago de Chile to Robinson Crusoe Island with 21 people on board. The official list of people on board the plane released last night by FACH indicated that there were 18 passengers and 3 crew members.
The passengers included government officials, people working for an organization that was travelling to the island to inaugurate the completion of reconstruction work of schools and other services in the island affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island and central-south Chile on February 27, 2010. A group of 5 journalists belonging to the National TV of Chile (TVN) were also on board to report on the inauguration and the celebrations on the island resulting from the reconstruction work carried out so far.
CASA C-212 Aircraft. A plane similar to the one in the picture operated by the Chilean Air Force cra...
CASA C-212 Aircraft. A plane similar to the one in the picture operated by the Chilean Air Force crashed on arrival to Robinson Crusoe Island in the Pacific Ocean, 600 Km off the coast of Chile.
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This morning, as a result of improvement in the weather conditions and available daylight, island fishermen, collaborating with the Navy and Air Force personnel in the search and rescue efforts, found the bodies of 4 people, 2 men and 2 women, which identity has not been released by the authorities.
The search for the remaining passengers will continue in the area of the sea close to the island where the bodies and parts of the wrecked plane were found. Several ships of the Chilean Navy and Air Force planes are travelling or have arrived to the island with trained personnel and specialized instruments to intensify the search and assist with the recovery of the bodies.
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