June 24, 2017

Chile plane crash claims 21 lives

TV star Felipe Camiroaga who died in the crash.

All 21 people aboard a military plane that went missing off the coast of Chile on Friday, near the Juan Fernandez islands, are dead, Defense Minister Andres Allamand has announced.

According to preliminary information, the passengers died instantly on impact.

At least four bodies were found earlier Saturday, one day after the plane went missing.

Two of the bodies recovered were female and two were male, government spokesman Andres Chadwick told reporters. The four bodies were flown to the capital, Santiago, where authorities identified the victims.

The plane tried to land twice before losing contact, Allamand told reporters Friday.

Chile’s TVN Executive Director Mauro Valdes said five of the passengers were employees of the television station, including Felipe Camiroaga, a well-known and popular TV personality.

The country’s president, Sebastian Pinera, vowed to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

“This is a tough blow to our country, but it is precisely these moments of anguish and uncertainty that require the unity and solidarity of all Chileans,” he said.