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RAF provide military assistance in search for missing Chilean Air Force Aircraft

A Chilean Air Force plane went missing on the 10th December 2019 en route to Antarctica with 17 crew and 21 passengers on board, the aircraft lost contact 450 miles into its journey to a military base on King George Island.

An A400M was requested to provide assistance by the Chilean military and landed in Chile yesterday to support the official search and rescue mission. A Liaison Team of military and civilian personnel also deployed on the A400M to assist in the search.

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The RAF aircraft will conduct its first specialist reconnaissance flight today with trained personnel searching for signs of the missing aircraft, with the liaison team acting in support.

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Met Office staff based in the Falkland Islands are providing forecast information to the Chilean Military.

“Firstly I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to our Chilean friends at this difficult time. I have sent an RAF A400M aircraft and liaison team to Punta Arenas to assist with the search operation and we stand ready to provide further assistance to the Chilean authorities should they request it. The Falkland Islands Government is also providing support to the liaison team with an interpreter and the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has provided the Fishery Protection Vessel PHAROS SG to support surface search operations.”

Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands
Brigadier Nick Sawyer

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The A400M is stationed at the British Forces South Atlantic Island base, the UK’s permanent presence on the overseas territory of the Falkland Islands.

 

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