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Chilean C-130 missing

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posted on Dec, 9 2019 @ 11:44 PM
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A Chilean Air Force C-130 with 38 people on board has gone missing enroute to Antarctica. The flight departed at 1655 local, heading to the Chilean base on King George Island. All contact was lost shortly after 1800 local. According to military sources the pilot has extensive experience.

A ship is reportedly in the area the aircraft was supposed to be when contact was lost, and a search and rescue effort is underway. There were 17 crew and 21 passengers on board. The aircraft was supposed to return Monday night after dropping the passengers off.

i.stuff.co.nz...




posted on Dec, 9 2019 @ 11:54 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Wow , God be with them and save them. One could only imagine the kind of water there.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 12:03 AM
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a reply to: charlyv

There was a DHC-6 going the other direction in the same area as the C-130. It's remotely possible there was an incident between the two. But the chances of survivors is pretty low if if was at altitude and disappeared.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 12:48 AM
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The Chilean Air Force still has a fleet of 8 P-3 Orion, but no Poseidons. Hope they are relatively close and deploy-able.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 01:52 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I'm reading in emol.com that they had 2 rafts in case they had to ditch.


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posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 06:14 AM
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posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 06:24 AM
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a reply to: Trueman

In that water it would be a miracle to survive even if there was a rescue ship within 1 nm of the ditch location.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 06:47 AM
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Eight planes and four ships are searching a 60 mile radius around the last known position. Two US satellites are also being used to image the area.
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posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 07:21 AM
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There was no warning from the crew and no ELT activation.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 07:23 AM
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Sadly the C-130 is beginning to show its age.
Military dictatorship in Chile ended in 1990 so perhaps they are cutting back on maintenance funding.
Its an historic cycle and you have probably heard the idiom about what happens when the crows are allowed to peck the eagles.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 07:47 AM
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The Chilean Air Force operates one C-130B, after storing two others and scraping a third. They have three KC-130Rs that began as USMC KC-130s. They were pulled from storage at AMARC in 2014 and refurbished before being delivered. They have two C-130Hs that were delivered new in 1972 and 1973.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 04:20 PM
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Going by comments from the government, it was most likely one of the KC-130Rs. They said the aircraft was built in 1978, but well maintained.



posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 04:31 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Thanks..

This article claims the US Navy demodifies these planes removing proprietary compartmental assets prior to sale.

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posted on Dec, 10 2019 @ 04:54 PM
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a reply to: Slichter

They pull anything sensitive or not required by the purchasing country, and if necessary, replace it with instrumentation supplied by them.



posted on Dec, 11 2019 @ 01:00 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

News on this rescue effort is certainly not forthcoming. The main stream is 10-16 hours ago last update.
Best place to get more info down there?


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posted on Dec, 11 2019 @ 09:47 AM
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a reply to: charlyv

Possibly c-130.net or one of the aviation message boards.



posted on Dec, 11 2019 @ 05:15 PM
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Floating debris believed to be from the aircraft has been found. Included among the passengers were a Lt. Col, a Col., and a Maj. General.

The debris was found 18 miles south of where the aircraft disappeared. The search area covers 250 x 280 miles. Visibility is reported to have improved. Ships from Chile, Brazil, and Argentina are using sonar to search the ocean floor for irregularities.
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posted on Dec, 12 2019 @ 02:18 PM
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The US Navy redeployed a P-8A from El Salvador to Chile to assist in the search. They are expected to begin flights today.

www.southcom.mil...



posted on Dec, 12 2019 @ 02:53 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Sadly, human remains and other parts of the aircraft have been located.
The Chilean Air Force said that the aircraft likely succumbed to extreme weather that is known for that area
in the Drake sea.

There was no alert or emergency signaled by the aircraft, so what ever happened was very sudden. That is a mystery that should most likely be resolved by the flight data recorders and cockpit recorder. God speed to all that died.
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Addend: Zaph, Sudden structural failure a possibility? I know they are getting old, but absolutely no alert or mayday sure indicates something like that.
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