The mayor of the Juan Fernandez archipelago, Leopoldo Gonzalez , said that because of the conditions under which the accident occurred Chilean Army aircraft damaged in the vicinity of these islands, located some 670 kilometers west of the Chilean coast is "impossible" that has survived. "Before I said that it is impossible for any survivors and I maintain my position," said Gonzalez told Radio Cooperativa.
So far rescue crews have located a total of four bodies of all 21 passengers on the device at the time of the accident. Gonzalez has said that a computer found the crew was "practically pulverized," which suggests the violence of the shock . In that regard, said that "the bodies were found floating in the sea without lifejackets." On the rescue works mainly a Chilean Navy vessel that was in the vicinity of the archipelago from the outset and several military aircraft.
The military also have the cooperation of local fishermen, who have left their boats this morning. The aircraft carrying both tried to land twice unsuccessfully in the archipelago on Friday afternoon, after which he lost his trail.The aircraft attempted to land twice unsuccessfully in the archipelago "We're finding a lot of material remains, but we must first identify them," explained the foreman Cristián de la Maza told Radio Cooperativa. On the rescue works mainly a Chilean Navy vessel that was in the vicinity of the archipelago from the outset and several military aircraft. The military also have the cooperation of local fishermen , who have left their boat this morning.
The Chilean authorities began an intensive land-sea operation to locatethe plane that later crashed into the sea Friday in the Juan Fernandez archipelago , 670 kilometers from the country's central coast, with 21 people aboard.
In the apparatus, a transport aircraft CASA C-212, the animator Felipe Camiroaga traveling, the most popular Chilean TV, philanthropist and businessman Felipe Cubillos, promoter of the organization "Lift Chile Challenge" created to support the work of reconstruction after the earthquake in February 2010.Besides military, on the plane were journalists and officials of Culture In addition to a team of National Television of Chile and members of the aforementioned NGOs, on the plane were officials of the Council of Culture and Airmen of Chile. The rescue mission, made up of aircraft and ships , is headed by the Defense Minister Andres Allamand, and the commander in chief of the Air Force of Chile, General Jorge Rojas. The expedition set sail to the island of Juan Fernandez at 4:00 local time (7:00 GMT) on Saturday to develop an intense search after the president, Sebastián Piñera, announced that it would make "all efforts to clarify the circumstances "of the accident . At the operational people have joined the archipelago and some boats that were in the area. In the next few hours it is expected that most rescue flights.
Allamand Minister, who is brother of Felipe Cubillos, said the Air Force lost radio contact with the aircraft at 17:48 local time (20:48 GMT) and acknowledged that "the stage is adverse." In search tasks, which are being hampered by "adverse weather conditions and darkness"of the area, involving a C-130 Hercules plane of the facade, the frigates "Lynch" which carries a helicopter, and Condell, and other apparatus HOUSE-295, equipped with scanning devices.He has found a door of the plane near the Pacific Ocean Felipe Paredes, Juan Fernandez councilman last person who saw the aircraft, told local media that the device performed two maneuvers to approach the runway, just over a mile long and then disappeared behind a hill, and He said although it was windy two private jets just before they landed safely. For his part, Governor of Valparaiso sea, Otto Mrugalski, confirmed the finding of an intact aircraft door about two miles east of the runway of the island Robinson Crusoe, in an area where the depth reaches Pacific Ocean 54 meters.
Shortly before the aircraft lost radio contact, Felipe Cubillos summed up in a Twitter message the purpose of the mission: "Traveling to Juan Fernandez is now with the support of our Air Force. We continue to work to help the people of the island" . Upon arriving at the Air Force installations where is coordinating the rescue operation, President Sebastian Piñera said Friday night that the accident is "a blow to the country."
Despite this fact, the president keeps the meeting scheduled for the next few hours with the leaders of the student movement for three months to keep a pulse with the authorities, which require a profound reform of education system. However, the disappearance of the Air Force plane from Chile with 21 passengers on board has led to the suspension of the funeral of former President Salvador Allende , whose remains were to be buried Sunday at the General Cemetery of Santiago.