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Search for missing plane in Antarctica


Search for missing plane in Antarctica

A search is underway for a missing plan carrying three Canadian men, reported missing on a flight from the South Pole to the Italian base in Terra Nova Bay.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the search after the Twin Otter aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter was activated at around 10pm last night (Wednesday, 23 January).

The beacon is transmitting from the Northern end of the Queen Alexandra Range, within New Zealand’s Search and Rescue Region.

Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Roberts said United States authorities at McMurdo were asked for assistance, and an Air National Guard C130 aircraft flew to the position but was unable to sight the downed aircraft.

A second Twin Otter is scheduled to take off at around 8am (NZ Time) from McMurdo Station and will fly over the area, and will aim to establish a forward base approximately 50km from the site, which is in a mountainous area.

A Scott Base helicopter is setting off with the Twin Otter, and will refuel en route.

A joint New Zealand and US field rescue team will attempt to reach the site by helicopter when conditions improve.

Weather conditions are currently poor, with total cloud cover and increasing winds.

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