21 presumed dead in Chile air crash

4th Sep 2011

All 21 people onboard the Chilean Air Force plane that crashed into the Pacific Island on Friday are thought to have died, according to Chile’s defence minister.

Four bodies have been recovered from the area where the air force plane crashed.

It is thought that the Casa-212 plane had attempted to land twice at the island’s airport before it went missing in windy, rough conditions.

A five-strong television crew was on board the plane, including one of Chile’s most popular television presenters Felipe Camiroaga (pictured).

The team, who worked for the state television programme - Buenos Dias a Todos - Good Morning Everyone -  were filming a programme on reconstruction projects following the earthquake and tsunami in February 2010 that devastated the islands.


The burial of former President Salvador Allende was postponed due to the crash.


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