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Chile: All 21 aboard crashed military plane died

Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters

Members of the Chilean navy transport the landing gear of a crashed plane near Juan Fernandez islands about 420 miles off Chile's coast, Sept. 3. All 21 people aboard a military aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the remote Juan Fernandez islands perished, Chile's government said on Saturday, as rescuers and fishermen searched for bodies.Search and rescue teams have recovered four bodies so far from Friday's crash, one of Chile's worst air disasters in recent years.

 

The Chilean CASA 212 plane crashed Friday afternoon after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the islands.
"After a search involving the commander in chief of the FACh (Chilean air force) the conclusion has been reached that the impact was so powerful it would have led to the instant death of those on board the plane," said Defense Minister Andres Allamand.

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Mario Ruiz / EPA

People gather outside the National Chile Network, placing messages and lighting candles, one day after after a military aircraft crashed in the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Among the occupants of the aircraft was Felipe Camiroaga, one of the most popular entertainers of Chilean television.